2018 National Philanthropy Day Honorees Announced
The 2018 National Philanthropy Day honorees have been announced. Join us for the celebration of November 20, 2018.
THE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST: TOM W. DAVIS
Local business owner and United States Air Force veteran Tom Davis’ philanthropic objectives align with his mantra: “If I can save one life, it’s worth every penny I have.” He has demonstrated this through his generous support of causes, including HIV/AIDS treatment, higher education, LGBTQ youth, student athletics, cancer research and Columbus’ cultural institutions.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISER: AIMEE WHITE
Driven by a passion for helping families with special needs children, Aimee White’s inspiration, planning and leadership were essential in funding the renovation and expansion of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Riverside Hospital and the construction of the Barrington Elementary neighborhood's first ADA-accessible playground.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISING GROUP: BUCKEYE CRUISE FOR CANCER
Lisa Cisco’s vision of taking over an entire cruise ship to create a “floating Buckeye Nation” to raise money for cancer research became a reality in February of 2008 when the first Buckeye Cruise for Cancer set sail. Spearheaded by co-founders Lisa Cisco and Chris Quinn, Buckeye Cruise is a grassroots effort made possible thanks to the support of hundreds of volunteers. It raises millions of dollars each year, bringing together cancer survivors, Buckeye fans, former athletes, OSU alumni, physicians, and others—who all have two things in common: They love Ohio State, and they hate cancer. Go Bucks! Beat Cancer!
OUTSTANDING FOUNDATION: OSTEOPATHIC HERITAGE FOUNDATIONS
The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations thoughtfully engage in collaborative and impactful efforts to improve health and quality of life through education, research and service consistent with the osteopathic heritage. The foundations’ purposeful grantmaking addresses evolving community needs, while driving innovation and leveraging contributions from individuals, corporations and other foundations.
OUTSTANDING LARGE CORPORATION: PNC FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP, INC.
PNC’s stellar commitment to enhancing our community has been demonstrated by its focus on early childhood education, as well as its collaboration with nonprofits in the areas of affordable housing, community development, community services, cultural enrichment through the arts and revitalization and stabilization of low- to moderate-income areas.
OUTSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS: DIAMOND HILL CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
Constantly aspiring to maximize its impact in the community, Diamond Hill has been disproportionately philanthropic for an institution of its size, generously supporting hundreds of projects, causes and educational institutions through financial contributions, volunteer service and community leadership.
BIG LOTS OUTSTANDING YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY: IAN MONTGOMERY
In 2015, Ian Montgomery decided to do something to honor the grandmother and aunt he’d lost to cancer while uniting his love of running and hockey in the process. He then planned and launched the “Frozen Banana Race,” a two-mile fundraising run to support the pediatric cancer work of the Blue Jackets Foundation. Over the past four years, it has grown into an increasingly successful annual fundraiser, attracting more participants and raising more dollars each year.
OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL: ERICH J. HUNKER
With nearly three decades of fundraising experience, Erich Hunker - currently in his 19th year at Columbus Academy - is an engaging leader and personable colleague with an exceptional track record of accomplishments in fundraising, marketing, communications, planning, executive management, and community engagement. Erich has proven willing to lead and serve wherever needed, including contributing significantly to the growth and vitality of the Central Ohio Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals. As a mentor and professional friend for both new and seasoned colleagues, he has indirectly, yet significantly, impacted the advancement of many great charitable causes in our community.
*LEAVE A LEGACY: R. KEVIN KERNS, Trustee of the Karen Kerns Dresser Trust
Continuing a family legacy of commitment to social justice and philanthropy, Kevin Kerns’ legacy gift to the Catholic Social Services’ Our Lady of Guadalupe Center to fund a bilingual case manager will connect the Center’s clients to individualized resources and move them to self-sufficiency. This will empower the Guadalupe Center, which serves the largest population of Hispanics in central Ohio, to have an exponentially greater impact. Additionally, Mr. Kerns’ gift will be leveraged into even more funding to help the immigrant Latino community. *The Leave a Legacy award is presented in partnership with the Charitable Gift Planners of Central Ohio.