2020 Award Recipients

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Friday, November 6, 2020
4:00 PM ET

Cleveland has a big heart. From change for charity at a cash register to a commitment of thousands of dollars, philanthropy builds the region's dreams with multiple acts of selfless kindness. It feels so good to give!

While no one expects recognition or an award for their efforts, some of the region’s leading supporters of non-profits are getting one. The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter celebrates the Giving Hearts of Northeast Ohio with honors in six categories for National Philanthropy Day®, November 6, 2020.

Jeffrey and Patricia Cole – Outstanding Philanthropist Leadership Award
Nominated by: Lara Kalafatis, Cleveland Clinic

Giant Eagle – Corporate Leadership Award
Nominated by: Amy Kocian, Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Deaconess Foundation (Deborah Vesy) – Foundation Leadership Award
Nominated by: Sarah E. Stilgenbauer, University Hospitals

Jill Harrington – Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award
Nominated by: Ryan R. Cross, University Hospitals
Co-Nominated by: Jayne Eiben, Lawrence School

Elisabeth Lendal – Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award
Nominated by: Julie Weagraff, CFRE, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

Ryan R. Cross – Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award
Nominated by: Sherri L. Bishop, Esq., University Hospitals

So many people give generously of their time, talent and resources, and the chapter received many outstanding nominees who are all moving the needle to improve the city, the region and the nation. We applaud them all.

Awards will be presented at a Virtual National Philanthropy Day® on Friday, November 6.