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Honor The Kind Acts Of Community Members
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National Philanthropy Day (NPD) was created to recognize and pay tribute to the philanthropists who help others through donations, volunteering or acts-of-kindness in our community.

The Yosemite Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) hosts an awards ceremony and luncheon every other year that is open to the public. The gathering this year is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto.

The 2018 National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients include: Outstanding Philanthropist – The Bruno Family; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – Janice Lucero, Community Hospice; Outstanding Youth Philanthropist – Erin Benning, Student; Outstanding Fundraising Professional – Kathy Hobby, Stanislaus County Office of Education; Outstanding Corporate Donor – Modesto Toyota; Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation, Service Organization or Nonprofit – Modesto Sunrise Rotary Club; Lifetime Achievement – Jacqueline Foret.

Open to the public, tickets are $45 per person, $500 table sponsor for 10 people To reserve a seat for the luncheon contact Amber Flores, (209) 338-5032,

“On behalf of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Yosemite Chapter, we are so excited to once again host National Philanthropy Day,” said Flores, the NPD Co-Chair and Director of Development at the Gallo Center for the Arts. “This biennial event enables us to celebrate all of the great things that make our community so special – kindness, generosity, and service. We look forward to not only celebrating philanthropy, but honoring a group of individuals that have made a tremendous impact in our community. Please join us in celebrating of giving!”

Returning this year is the “Champion” designation, which allows organizations to recognize and celebrate the person who has been instrumental in the success of their charitable organization over the past year. All attending organizations are invited to participate by choosing to honor a star volunteer, devoted member, major financial supporter, or outstanding staff member. The designated “Champions” will be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Ceremony. To learn more about how to designate your “Champion,” contact Flores at (209) 338-5032 or

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 fundraisers in 197 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. The Association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. The AFP Yosemite Chapter represents charitable fundraisers in the local area.