3 philanthropists to be honored in Springfield event

Three local philanthropists will be honored next week during National Philanthropy Day.

The Greater Springfield Association of Fundraising Professionals (GSAFP) will hold its 5th annual National Philanthropy Day celebration from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Ohio Masonic Home Festival Green Clubhouse in Springfield.

The association will present awards for outstanding fundraising, outstanding business and outstanding foundation.

National Philanthropy Day is celebrated annually across North America to recognize the contributions of philanthropy and those who are active in the philanthropic community.

“We are very excited about this year’s honorees,” said Kathryn Hitchcock, GSAFP president and National Philanthropy Day co-chair. “It is our pleasure to bring the community together to recognize the outstanding efforts of all of our nominees.”

This year’s honorees include:

Peg Foley, who will receive the Outstanding Fundraiser award, is a professional fundraiser, community leader, supporter of nonprofits and resident of Springfield.

Groceryland, which addressed the food desert due to Kroger closing in southern Springfield, will receive the Outstanding Business award. Ravi Patel, CEO, will accept the award.

Community Health Foundation will receive the Outstanding Foundation award. Joy Rogers, executive director, will accept the award. The organization plays a role in the regional healthcare delivery system, assures the availability of reproductive health services, and provides educational and specialty health services.

Both individual and table tickets for the event can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/403504351377.

The GSAFP empowers people and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy.

For more information, contact Hitchcock at kathryn@namicgm.org.

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