2016 National Philanthropy Day
All 2016 NPD Honorees in the Green Room with Chapter President Terri Bona immediately prior to the Awards Luncheon on November 9.
Harry and Diane Rinker proudly accept the OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPISTS award following a video highlighting their giving and volunteering to Eisenhower Medical Center and numerous other nonprofit organizations.
The awards luncheon held in the full-to-capacity Grand Ballroom of the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage featured marvelous videos by Circle Take Media, décor by MOMENTOUS Events, and floral displays by Lotus Garden Center.
Sandra Cooper Woodson, OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEER, was introduced by Gary Hall of Wells Fargo. Event emcee Patrick Evans and AFP Chapter President Terri Bona also look on as Sandy talks about her passion for The Living Desert, College of the Desert, McCallum Theatre, Waring International Piano Competition, and other nonprofits in the desert communities.
National Philanthropy Day in the Desert, a signature event kicking off the season of philanthropy in the Coachella Valley, is made possible by more than 30 individuals and organizations who provide underwriting support. From left to right are Harold Matzner (Presenting Sponsor), Helene Galen (Luncheon Sponsor), Gary Hall/Wells Fargo (Awards Sponsor), and Aubrey Serfling/Eisenhower Medical Center (Luncheon Sponsor).
Chapter President Terri Bona and NPD Chair Scott Schroeder flank 2016 Award Honorees (left to right) Bruce Landgarten of Jewish Federation of the Desert, Sandy Woodson, Diane and Harry Rinker, Sarah Clapp, and Danielle Ortega and Theresa Maggio of BIGHORN Golf Club Charities. (Missing from the photo is Christy Porter, Outstanding Nonprofit Founder.)
Our AFP Chapter joined with hosts Mark Anton and Scott Histed in presenting this elegant evening at the former home of iconic American fashion designer James Galanos.
Awards Committee Chair Louise Cummings proudly introduces the three nominees for Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Sarah Clapp, Thomas Head and Jack Newby.
All 2016 NPD award nominees were introduced and celebrated at a private cocktail party in October in Palm Springs.
2016 Honorees flanking Honorary Chair Harold Matzner (l to r) Bruce Landgarten of Jewish Federation of the Desert, Danielle Ortega representing BIGHORN Golf Club Charities, Sarah Clapp, and Sandra Cooper Woodson.
Outstanding Fundraising Professional honorees Jan Hawkins (2015), Louise Cummings (2014), Scott Schroeder (2011), Paul Kennedy (2013), and Sarah Clapp (2016).
NPD Honorary Chair and Presenting Sponsor Harold Matzner with Sarah Clapp, 2016 Outstanding Fundraising Professional, and Scott Schroeder, NPD 2016 Event Chair.
2015 National Philanthropy Day
2015 HONOREES with Honorary Chair Harold Matzner. Seated: JAN HAWKINS, Outstanding Fundraising Professional; Norma Greer Fishkind representing GLORIA GREER, Outstanding Nonprofit Founder; MICHAEL CHILDERS, Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer; JOANN MCGRATH, Outstanding Philanthropist. Standing: Martin Massiello of EISENHOWER MEDICAL CENTER, Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation; Harold Matzner; Ann Greer; and Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba of THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION.
Kudos to those responsible for the decor, florals, table settings, video and sound at the Awards Luncheon in the Agua Caliente Casino Resort on November 18, including Ron Willison, Frank Goldstin of MOMENTOUS Events, Signature Rentals, Lotus Garden Center, and Lynn Hawks of Circle Take Media.
The 2015 National Philanthropy Day committee was led co-chairs Andrea Spirtos and Ron Willison and more than a dozen other volunteers.
At the podium during presentation of the awards are Presenting Sponsor Harold Matzner, Outstanding Philanthropist JoAnn McGrath, AFP President Eileen Packer, and emcee Patrick Evans of CBS Local 2.
Andrew Watt, President and CEO of the world-wide Association of Fundraising Professionals, with Chapter President Eileen Packer, past Outstanding Fundraising Professional honoree Paula Kennedy, and 2015 honoree Jonathan Yorba, President and CEO of The Community Foundation.
Honoree Jan Hawkins with her proud husband and daughter.
Gloria Greer passed away several weeks before the Awards Luncheon. Her twin daughters Ann and Norma accepted the Outstanding Nonprofit Founder award on her behalf following a moving video about Gloria's accomplishments.
Honoree Michael Childers is flanked by AFP Chapter President Eileen Packer and President-Elect Terri Bona.
Eisenhower Medical Center representatives pose with JoAnn McGrath and her son David McGrath (far right) in the Green Room prior to the Awards Luncheon.
Harold Matzner with Norma Greer Fishkind and Ann Greer during the award presentation.
Harold Matzner, Luncheon Sponsor Helene Galen, and McCallum Theatre CEO Mitch Gershenfeld at the McCallum table.
Special luncheon guest Andrew Watt with honoree Jan Hawkins and NPD Co-Chairs Andrea Spirtos and Ron Willison prior to the luncheon.
Left to right: Andrea Spirtos, NPD Co-Chair; Harold Matzner, Honorary Chair; Eileen Packer, AFP Chapter President; Lizbeth Chambers, NPD Awards Committee Chair; Ron Willison, NPD Co-Chair