ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – Friday, the 18th Annual National Philanthropy Day awards were hosted by The Association of Fundraising Professionals Finger Lakes Chapter at Ithaca College.

The event recognizes local philanthropists, volunteers and nonprofit leaders. This year, 10 nominees were honored. 
Award recipients were:

  • Deb & Chuck Wilke (Horseheads, NY), Philanthropists of the Year
  • Corning Incorporated (Corning, NY), Corporate Philanthropist of the Year
  • Elizabeth Bixler and Betsy East (Ithaca, NY), Volunteer Fundraisers of the Year
  • Jon Jensen (Ithaca, NY), Outstanding Professional Achievement in NonProfit Leadership

Additionally, donations were made to various organizations. A memorial recognition and $250 donation was made in memory of longtime fundraising consultant, Kathy Cole, who passed away earlier this year. The gift was made to the Kathy Cole Memorial Scholarship Fund at SUNY Brockport. Found attendees were also chosen at random to choose a nonprofit organization to receive a donation from the AFP Finger Lakes Chapter in conjunction with FLXGives! Day.

The keynote speech was given by Joanne Florino from the Philanthropy Roundtable and “Partners in Philanthropy” – which is made up of supporters of nonprofits invited to the event – were also recognized.

“It is always so wonderful to recognize the good that happens in our communities throughout the year. The awardees and nominees represented some of the very best examples of generosity, which in turn helps all our nonprofit organizations and the many causes they represent. Congratulations again!” said Marrie Neumer, AFP Finger Lakes Chapter President.

A full list of nominees can be found here.