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2018 National Philanthropy Day

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Cape Fear Chapter Announces the Recipients of the 2017 National Philanthropy Day Awards

Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year
Judy Girard
Judy is the founder and significant financial supporter of the Girls Leadeship Academy of Wilmington (GLOW). She contributed an essential and generous amount of seed money for the initial years, and leveraged her personal and professional relationships to encourage grants, matching funds, and charitable contributions. She worked tirelessly to raise this money by cultivating friends and strangers, instilling the importance of the GLOW mission. In addition to GLOW, Judy mentors young women in business through the Cameron Executive Network at UNCW. She and her dog, Catalina, also spend time visiting pediatric oncology patiens at NHRMC and reading with local at-risk school children.

Outstanding Student in Philanthropy:
Katie Evans
 As a student philanthropist, Katie has dedicated endless time and energy working ot he Brunswick Communtiy College Foundation's database, doing research and making phone calls to donors. She not only works behind the scenes, she also attends events and assists at the registration desk checking in attendees. The ability to lead by example shines when she works iwht other students, particular Foundation Student Ambassadors. Her kind sincere demenor and professional approach are key in displaying a trustworthy appearance. This year she was instrumental in increasing an established endowment intoa  a six-figure endowment.

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization:
Wells Fargo Bank
The Wilmington district for Wells Fargo made it a focus in 2017 to give as much as possible within our community. There were multiple focuses for impact within our district this year including but not limited to, Teach Children to Save, Stamp Out Hunger, Lumps to Laughter, Ashley Center, Standup for Soliders, the Food Bank of New Hanover County, Diaper Bank, and First Tee. Throughout the year our primary focus has been getting our team out int he community and showing support for different organizations by volunteering our time.

 Outstanding Fundraising Executive:
Mary Bradley
Mary is Development Director for WHQR Public Radio, has been the station employee responsible for operational fundraising activities for the past ten years. During that time sh has excelled as a fundraiser, helping keep the station afloat at a time of managerial crisis in 2008-09, and guiding it to a healthy growth in recent years. "Mary brings tremendous gifts to her role at the station - regularly surpassing her financial goals, serving as an outstanding liaison to the wider community, and skillfully implementing project and personnel management. In some ways what impressed me the most was her unflagging positive nature that allows her to handle trouble spots with great charm and posititve attitude and to handle the (thankfully mroe common) growth opportunties with can-do attitude, respect and compassion others, and a well-earned joy at achieving goals." nominator

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser:
Linda Wilson
Linda is a selfless individual, putting others, the community and family before herself. As a member of the family whose philanthropy brought abou the beautiful new Wilson Center for the Performaing Arts to Wilmington, Linda has spent her whole life giving back. She is determined that anything she is involved with will be successful and make an impact. Linda chaired Festival of Trees and served on the Board of Directors for Lower Cape Fear Hospice, on the board for the Landfall Foundation, a trustee of Cape Fear Community College, a member of the Cape Fear Community College Foundation board, and the Child Advocacy and Parenting Center. Linda supports and organizes the Berevement Committe at her church, Wrightsville Methodist Church.

Outstanding Fundraising Board of Directors:
Phoenix Hometown Hires 
The Phoenix Hometown Hires Board of Directors exhibits exceptional leadership and teamwork through their creation of a fundraising culture, both within the board and throughout the organization. They choose to serve on the Board of Directors and they choose to engage in a spirt of philanthropy, " because it is right and because we can."

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors 

Presenting Sponsor

Community Foundation of NC East

The Comunity Foundation of NC East also provided to the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, Philanthropists of the Year, and Student In Philanthropy, a $500 award to present to their favorite charity.


Gold Sponsors

Paschel Murray


NHC Community Foundation

In-Kind Sponsors






Past National Philanthropy Day Honorees


2017  Judy Girard
2016  Bobby Harrelson
2015  Ricky and Diane Benton
2014  Peter Hexter 
2013  John Monteith 
2012 Reid and Linda Murchison 
2011 Tim Milam 
2010  Louise Coggins and Dickson Baldridge
2009  Linda and Vance Ferrigno


2017 Wells Fargo
2016  Live Oak Bank
2015  Junior League of Wilmington, NC
2014  Home Depot Foundation
2013 First Federal Bank
2012 State Employees Credit Union
2011 Wilmington Civitan Chapter 
2010  Corning, Inc.
2009  PPD

2017  Mary Bradley, WHQR
2016  Jane Birnbach, CFRE Good Shepherd Center
2015  Bob Jones, CFCC
2014  Vicki Dull, Harrelson Center 
2013 Kitty Yerkes, Habitat For Humanity 
2012 Melissa Reabold, UWCFA 
2011 Diane Lomax, Domestic Violence Shelter
2010  Reed Wallace, Wilmington Symphony 
2009  Laurie Taylor, Lower Cape Fear Hospice 

2017 Linda Wilson
2016  Laura Jones
2015  Sandy Spiers
2014 Betsy Leonard 
2013 Denise Szaloky 
2012 Coach Ronald Watson 
2011 Murrie and Teresa Lee 
2010  Bo Dean
2009  Beth Pancoe 

2017  Katie Evans
2016  No Nominations
2015  Robert Penna-Welch

2014 Drake Harper, Brunswick Community College 
2013 Hoggard High School Art Club - Katy Hufham
2012 Michael Castoro, Topsail High Performing Arts
2011 No Nominations 
2010 UNCW Chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon

2017  Phoenix Hometown Hires
2016  Brunswick Community College Foundation
2015  Cape Fear Community College Foundation

2014 No Nominations 
2013 Airlie Gardens Foundation 
2012 The Carousel Center for Abused Children

What is National Philanthropy Day:

Philanthropy is “the love of humankind,” and National Philanthropy Day® (NPD)—November 15—is the day that thousands of people around the world come together to both (1) put that word into action and (2) recognize the change that word has brought to our communities.

NPD is a celebration of philanthropy—giving, volunteering and charitable engagement—that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy—and all those involved in the philanthropic process—makes to our society and our world.

National Philanthropy Day® is both an official day and a grassroots movement. Every year, since 1986 when President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed November 15th as National Philanthropy Day®, communities across the globe have celebrated by hosting events to recognize activities of donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, corporations, and others engaged in philanthropy.