NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY® IN THE DESERT AWARDS LUNCHEON
BOASTS LARGEST ATTENDANCE IN ITS HISTORY WITH 750 GUESTS
The Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter, celebrated six exemplary Honorees at their sold out 13th Annual National Philanthropy Day® in the Desert Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Hotel in Indian Wells. The highly-anticipated 2019 National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert was attended by a record breaking crowd of 750 guests, the largest turnout in the history of this local Chapter. Harold Matzner, notable Coachella Valley philanthropist and owner of Spencer’s Restaurant, returned for his 7th consecutive year as the Presenting Sponsor and Honorary Chair. KESQ TV’s Patrick Evans graciously served again as Emcee of this year’s Awards Luncheon.
“The Coachella Valley is filled with remarkable philanthropists, making profound differences in the lives of many people,” stated Brian Daly, Event Chair. “It has been said that Philanthropy is good will in action. If anyone would need proof of this, all they need to do is look around this room today,” Daly continued.
Founded in 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations which generates philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions, advancing philanthropy forward through its 31,600 members in 243 chapters throughout the world. AFP works to foster philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and professional certification programs, while promoting high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. The AFP Desert Communities Chapter currently boasts a membership of more than 100 fundraising professionals within the Coachella Valley.
Celebrating its 59th year, National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside for the purpose of recognizing the great contribution philanthropy makes to our society, and to honor individuals, businesses, and support organizations that are active in the philanthropic community. Here in the Coachella Valley, it is a day when we pay tribute to our own – the exemplary local philanthropists, businesses, and organizations who give so generously of their time, talents, skills, and financial support, making our community a much better place for us all.
The Desert Communities Chapter of AFP believes that philanthropy benefits not only our own communities, but enriches and empowers the global community. National Philanthropy Day® offers an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of charitable giving and the spirit that makes such generosity possible. During the 13 years the Association of Fundraising Professionals has hosted National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert, 76 outstanding individuals, foundations, and corporations have been honored at this annual Awards Luncheon.
“National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert is revered as the premier celebration of Coachella Valley’s philanthropic community,” stated Judi Olivas, President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter. “This year’s outstanding Honorees exemplify the passionate spirit of the daily contributions made by individuals, corporations, foundations and volunteers.” “The Honorees we recognize today have been recognized by their peers and community leaders for truly changing the Coachella Valley with their giving hearts,” Olivas continued.
This year’s distinguished Honorees included:
OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPISTS – JAMES AND CAROL EGAN
OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEER – SALLY BERGER
OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATION, CORPORATION OR/CIVIC SERVICE ORGANIZATION – REGIONAL ACCESS PROJECT FOUNDATION
OUTSTANDING NONPROFIT FOUNDER – JO ROSEN, PARKINSON’S RESOURCE ORGANIZATION
OUTSTANDING YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY – BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PALM SPRINGS – KEYSTONE CLUB MEMBERS
OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL – JUDI OLIVAS
Judy Vossler, Award Selection Committee Chair, headed up the Blue Ribbon Committee, which included Mark Anton, Walter Clark, Jill Golden, Gary Hall, Susie Harvey,Terri Ketover, Kelly Levy, and Sandy Woodson.
The NPD Awards Committee, Co-chaired by Angela Allen and Gailya Brown, included Mitch Blumberg, Matthew Campos, Matt Durkan, Bob McKechnie, Eileen Packer, Scott Robinson, and Renee Sabol. Members of the Gold Ribbon Committee included Terri Bona, Sarah Clapp, Louise Cummings, Tim Evans, Jan Hawkins, Paula Kennedy, and Scott Schroeder.
“We have the good fortune to be living in not only one of the most beautiful and climate-friendly communities in America, but also in one of the most generous,” stated Harold Matzner, Presenting Sponsor and Honorary Chair of National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert. “I count it a great honor to be part of National Philanthropy Day’s awards, and to be able to congratulate all of the recipients,” he continued.
Leading Underwriters for this year’s Awards Luncheon included Honorary Chair and Presenting Sponsor Harold Matzner, along with Award Sponsors the H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation, JoAnn McGrath, and Wells Fargo.
Luncheon Sponsors included Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Bank of America, College of the Desert Foundation, Peggy Cravens, Desert Oasis Healthcare, Eisenhower Health Foundation, Helene Galen, Loma Linda University Children’s Health – Indio, Donna MacMillan, McCallum Theatre, RAP Foundation, Arlene Schnitzer, Union Bank, and Madeline Zuckerman Marketing & Public Relations, Inc.
Table Sponsors included American Red Cross – Coachella Valley & Morongo Basin, BIGHORN Golf Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley, Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs, California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus, Cathedral City Senior Center, City of Indian Wells, The Community Foundation, Desert Arc, Desert Cancer Foundation, Desert Care Network, James & Carol Egan, Family YMCA of the Desert, First Foundation Bank, Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Lotus Garden Center/Robert Walker & Ernest Phinney, Mama’s House, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Palm Springs Pathfinders, Parkinson’s Resource Organization, Pathfinder Ranch/Fromberg Edelstein Fromberg, Read With Me, Diane & Harry Rinker, University of California Riverside, Palm Desert Center, and The Unforgettables Foundation.
Exclusive Media Sponsors for this year’s Awards Luncheon included:
Presenting Newspaper & Digital Media Sponsor – DESERT SUN MEDIA GROUP & LOCALiQ
Exclusive Magazine Media Sponsor – PALM SPRINGS LIFE
Exclusive TV Media Sponsor – KESQ NEWS CHANNEL 3
Exclusive Radio Media Sponsor – ALPHA MEDIA – PALM SPRINGS
Please Save The Date for Next Year’s 14th Annual National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert scheduled for Friday, November 13, 2020.
For more information on the Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter please call 760-449-1971 or visit www.afpcadesert.org