POWELL – The Delaware County Foundation is seeking award nominations to recognize those who give back to our community. The Generosity Awards honor those whose philanthropic and volunteer contributions benefit Delaware County.
“It’s an opportunity to recognize those who give of themselves to make Delaware County a better place,” said Marlene Casini, President and CEO of the Foundation, in a press release. “Those who are nominated often inspire others by their example of giving their time and resources.”
If you know an individual, family, youth or youth group, or business who is generous to our community they can be nominated in the following categories.
* Outstanding Business Award—a business or corporation that demonstrates outstanding sustained commitment to building a culture of civic and charitable engagement through financial support and the creation of a corporate culture that encourages and motivates employees to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community affairs.
Previous awardees are: Delaware County Bank, Maloney + Novotny, Manos Martin Pergram Co., LPA, and TooloMatics, Inc.
* Spirit of Philanthropy Award—an individual or family that demonstrates exceptional personal generosity through a record of outstanding civic and charitable contributions and whose leadership has encouraged others in philanthropic roles.
Previous awardees are: Jane Van Fossen, the Dinovo Family, Louise O. Warner, and Tom Price.
* Outstanding Volunteer Award—an individual who demonstrates excellence in volunteer service, leading to significant improvements in the quality of life in our community. This individual demonstrates exceptional leadership in recruiting, motivating, and coordinating volunteers, devotes great time and effort to the advancement of volunteerism, and has shown deep commitment to voluntary action to address community needs.
Previous awardees are: Dr. Kent Doherty and Dr. Kevin Doherty of Grace Clinic; Polly Horn, Big Walnut Historical Society; Bonnie Ristau, Common Ground Free Store, and Larry Cline.
* Outstanding Youth or Youth Group Award—an individual youth (up to 21 years of age) or youth group that demonstrates outstanding sustained commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through their work in our community. The individual or group acts as a role model for others and encourages interest in volunteerism and philanthropy.
Previous awardees are: Abby Fields, Delaware County Air Force Junior ROTC Unit OH-12, YMCA Teen Leaders Club, Olentangy High School Service Club.
“It’s important for people to take time to nominate their friends, family members or business associates,” says Jane Martin, Foundation Board Member. “We try to make it easy to write a nomination, but it does take a little time”. The Foundation encourages people to start early to meet the May 12 deadline. You will be sharing the importance of their passion to help others and improve the quality of life in our county.
Awardees are determined by a volunteer Selection Committee representing businesses, nonprofit organizations and youth.
The awards will be presented at the Foundation’s Evening of Generosity on October 4. This black-tie optional dinner will be held at the Polaris Hilton. “We often hear comments that it is such an inspiring evening,” says Casini, “Attendees say they learn something new about the needs and the generosity in our county.”
Nomination forms are available on the Foundation’s website at www.delawarecf.org; by emailing a request to: [email protected]; or by calling 614-764-2332.