2017 Award Recipients


MANY excellent nominations were received in each of the seven award categories for National Philanthropy Day® making the Award Committee’s job especially challenging this year. After careful deliberation, the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is pleased to announce the following 2017 Award Recipients:

Ray & Eleanor Smiley – Outstanding Philanthropist Leadership Award
Nominated by: Shawna Whitlock, Notre Dame College

RPM International Inc. – Corporate Leadership Award
Nominated by: Melanie Shakarian, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

The Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust – Foundation Leadership Award
Nominated by: Sherri L. Bishop, Esq., University Hospitals

Richard W. Pogue – Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award
Nominated by: Sherri L. Bishop, Esq., University Hospitals

Youth Challenge Volunteer Committee – Youth Group in Philanthropy Award
Nominated by: Mary Sue Tanis, Youth Challenge

Lauren Steiner – Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award
Nominated by: Marge Zellmer

Tony Poderis – AFPGC Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominated by: Karen Owens, Resource Development Network

We want to thank the Awards Committee members for taking the time to carefully review the nominations and select this year’s honorees. We also want to thank every AFP member who submitted a nomination.

Honor Roll of Philanthropy 2017

Baldwin Wallace University honors Medical Mutual of Ohio 

Beaumont School honors Ray Smiley

Campbell & Company

Case Western Reserve University

Catholic Community Foundation honors Mary Sue McGorry from St. Luke’s for all her volunteer work 

CCS honors The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for its commitment to engage, teach, and inspire through the power of rock and roll in Northeast Ohio and across the nation.

Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center honors Stuart and Dee Otts

Cleveland Metroparks honors Don and Susan Johnson

Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Museum of Natural History honors Lucy Ireland Weller and Judith K. McMillian

Cleveland State University Advancement Department

Eliza Jennings

Friends and Colleagues of Tony Poderis honors Tony Poderis

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio honors M. Elizabeth "Liz" Smith

Grants Plus honors the nonprofit organizations and funders across Greater Cleveland that enrich our community

Hospice of the Western Reserve with grateful appreciation for the generous donors to Hospice of the Western Reserve

John Carroll University honors Ray ’51 and Eleanor Smiley

Key Private Bank honors all Nonprofit Organizations

Lake View Cemetery Foundation honors Cathy Shambaugh


Magnificat High School thanks and congratulates this year’s honorees

Menorah Park honors Dr. Howard Epstein and Gregg Levine

Notre Dame College honors Ray and Eleanor Smiley

OhioGuidestone honors Therese O'Donnell

Padua Franciscan High School honors Ray and Eleanor Smiley

Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation honors Timothy Boyko and Raechel Boyko

Playhouse Square honors Playhouse Square Donors

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors Chris and Sarah Connor

RPM International Inc.

Saint Ignatius High School

Second Story Productions

Sisters of Charity Health System

The City Mission honors Keith A. Vanderburg 

The Cleveland Foundation honors all 2017 Award Recipients

The Lakeland Foundation honors Futures Rising campaign co-chairs, Dennis Eckart and Jason Wuliger, and committee

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland honors both RPM International Inc. & Dick Pogue

The Metro Health Foundation honors Miguel and Denise Zubizarreta

United Way of Greater Cleveland honors Mrs. Allison Taller-Reich and Mr. William R. Donatone

University Hospitals honors Ray & Eleanor Smiley and Richard Pogue

Youth Challenge honors Christopher J. Carney