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Philanthropist of Year nominations sought

POSTED: July 25, 2014 11:42 p.m.

The North Georgia Community Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2014 Philanthropist of the Year award.

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 15.

The Philanthropist of the Year award winner will be recognized during the foundation’s 10th annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Nov. 20 at Gainesville First Baptist Church’s banquet hall.

The award recognizes an individual or family for lifelong achievements that have made a significant impact in our region. Nominees should be persons with a proven record of exceptional generosity who demonstrate outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles.

To be eligible for the honor, a person must live in the foundation’s 15-county service area, which includes Banks, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

A selection committee comprising five previous recipients, three members of the foundation’s board and three at-large members will choose the finalists.

Lorry and Sherrie Schrage were last year’s Philanthropist of the Year award recipients. Previous winners were Dr. Richard and Phyllis Leet, Jim Walters, Philip and Mary Hart Wilheit, Mrs. Lessie Smithgall, Mike and Lynn Cottrell and George and Anne Thomas, John and Martha Jacobs and Walter and Winkie Boomershine.

Nomination forms and eligibility criteria can be downloaded from the foundation’s website, or you may call 770-535-7880, ext. 221, for more information.



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