Philanthropists from the Tampa Bay area will be recognized for their dedication to community service and giving at the celebration of National Philanthropy Day®. An awards luncheon on November 13th at 11:30am at the Spartan Manor located at 6121 Massachusetts Ave., in New Port Richey is being hosted by the Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.
With Steve Schurdell of WJQB 106.3 serving as emcee, the event will honor community leaders in five categories, including Philanthropist of the Year Dr. Rao Musunuru, a Cardiologist practicing in Hudson, nominated by CARES (Community Aging and Retirement Services, Inc.) Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Pasco Hernando Community College, and the West Pasco Historical Society.
Other awardees include:
– Publix Super Markets Charities, Philanthropic Corporation of the Year, nominated by Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and United Way of Pasco County
– Scott McPherson, PA, Philanthropic Small Business of the Year, nominated by Community Service Council of West Pasco
– Community Service Council of West Pasco, Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year, nominated by CSC President Debbie Humphrey
– Gulf High School/NJROTC Cadet Class 2011/2012 – Youth in Philanthropy, nominated by Pasco Business Connection/Kiwanis Greater West Pasco
– Tina Shelton – Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy, nominated by Rotary Club of Trinity
Shawn Foster, Southern Strategy Group, Pasco County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand, and Bill Stevens of the Tampa Bay Times served as the judging panel. In addition to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay as the Presenting Sponsor, the following are generous sponsors of the event: Tampa Bay Times, MD Designs, ABCO Printing, Rotary Club of Trinity, United Way of Pasco, HPH Hospice, Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation, PHCC Foundation, St. Leo University, Youth and Family Alternatives, Morton Plant Mease Foundation, the Rotary Club of New Port Richey, Good Samaritan Clinic, Giving Hope Foundation, Gulfside Regional Hospice, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, CARES, Consulate Health Care, Habitat for Humanity, Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center, Scott McPherson, PA.
Seats are still available for the awards luncheon at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. Individual tickets are $30 and table sponsorships start at $300. To register online, visit www.afp-naturecoast.org by November 8th. For more information, contact Becky Bennett at 727-967-7509.
About the Association of Fundraising Professionals
The Association of Fundraising Professionals represents more than 30,000 members in more than 206 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. AFP fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promoted high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.