JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On National Philanthropy Day in Jacksonville, the First Coast chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals hosted an award luncheon that was truly inspiring.
News4Jax anchor and reporter Kent Justice was involved as master of ceremonies for the third year in a row.
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“It's always so encouraging," Justice said.
A Lifetime Achievement award was given to Mary Virginia Terry. She was nominated by six major organizations for her legacy of giving.
In addition, eight annual awards were presented to people or organizations for their giving spirit and works of good in Northeast Florida.
The Women’s Giving Alliance was honored as Outstanding Civic Organization.
The Next Generation Award was presented to the St. Vincent’s Shircliff Society.
Magna’s, a full body salon in Fernandina Beach, earned recognition as the Outstanding Small Business. To date, Magna’s has raised almost $18,000 to help Community Hospice and Palliative Care.
The association honored Bill Hughes as the 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. He was nominated by Flagler College, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors, and Healing Every Autistic Life.
Hall-Halliburton earned recognition as the Outstanding Foundation this year, with nominations from both K9s For Warriors and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
The association named Voya Financial the Outstanding Corporation in Philanthropy, and Dr. Pierre Allaire as the Outstanding Development Professional -- nominated by Baptist Health.
The award for Outstanding Philanthropists went to Cami and Chuck Wodehouse for providing more than $1.1 million in gifts to Jacksonville University for scholarships, programs and activities.
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