Celebration of Community Event
The North Georgia Community Foundation hosted a Celebration of Community Eventon Oct. 13, 2016 at the Gainesville Civic Center. The evening paid tribute to the power and impact of good people doing good work across the North Georgia region. At the center of the evening was the presentation of the Philanthropy Awards to Jim Moore and Brett Fowler, and a special tribute to Jim Mathis, who is retiring after 18 years leading the Community Foundation. The evening was a joyous celebration of the Community Foundation's past achievements and future possibilities.
The Celebration of Community Event also brought attention to our For Good. For Ever. Community Endowment. Our goal is to grow this endowment in Jim Mathis' honor. Our endowment fund annually supports local organizations working to make a difference in our community and your gift helps ensure that philanthropic resources will be available today, tomorrow, and forever.
THANK YOU 2016 CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY SPONSORS
Philip & Mary Hart Wilheit
Walter & Winkie Boomershine – Brenau University
Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce - Electronic Sales Company
Paul & Glenna Maney - Mike Cottrell College of Business - Don Pirkle – Kevin S. Price, CFP, CIMA
Radial Property Group - The Randolph Family/The Askew Family
The Strong, Gaddy, Lee Wealth Management Group
Stewart, Melvin & Frost, LLP - Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles, P.A.
Turner, Wood, & Smith/Milton Martin Honda - The University of North Georgia Foundation
Jim Walters Management Company - Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker, LLP
Thank you to Matthews Printing for providing the agenda/program
and to Jacobs Media for being a Media Sponsor.
The North Georgia Community Foundation (NGCF) will present 2016 Philanthropy Awards at the Celebration of Community event which include the Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award and the Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist Award.
Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award
This award was created to honor the legacy of Woodrow W. Stewart, who was a driving force in our community with a deep devotion to humanitarian efforts. Nominees for this award should possess Woody's unwavering dedication to providing leadership in support of philanthropic causes important to the community and should demonstrate strategic and business-minded approaches to addressing community issues. This attitude is what distinguishes philanthropy from charity and defines the Woody Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award.
2016 Recipient is Jim Moore. Moore is a longtime community volunteer offering his leadership to countless organizations in the region. Although his volunteer leadership spans organizations including Brenau University, Gainesville First United Methodist Church, United Way of Hall County, the Hall County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Chattahoochee District of Boy Scouts of America, and the North Georgia Community Foundation, Moore has dedicated much of his volunteer service to The Medical Center Foundation and Northeast Georgia Health System. In fact, Woody Stewart, for whom the award is named, hand-picked Moore as his successor as chairman of The Medical Center Foundation, and Moore stepped up to fill the role without hesitation. Since he assumed the chairman position in 2012, Moore has led the charge of securing $15 million to benefit numerous hospital and community projects through the Healthy Journey Campaign.
2015: Paul Maney
2014: Don & Pat Pirkle
2013: Kevin Price
2012: Woodrow Stewart, posthumously
Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist Award
This new award was created to honor the legacy of Gus Whalen, a true visionary in our community and throughout the North Georgia region. Gus once said "Many people think that philanthropy is for rich people, but real giving is done by people with modest means who have a heart for giving their time and skills." Nominees for this award should possess the desire to enhance the quality of life in local communities through their volunteer service. Nominees for this award are required to be between the ages of 18 and 30.
2016 Recipient is Brett Fowler. As a Hall County native, Fowler is dedicated to making his hometown the best place to work and raise a family. Since graduating from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and moving back home in 2008, Fowler has been an active member of the Gainesville-Hall County community serving on many civic and nonprofit boards. His community involvement includes the Gainesville Jaycees, United Way of Hall County, Main Street Gainesville, Georgia Mountain Food Bank, Gainesville First United Methodist Church, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, and many other organizations.