There was a time our beloved city was — on a per-capita basis, the most philanthropic metropolis in North America. It may well be years before we can boast such largesse — if ever again. However, we can still be fiercely proud of the fact Calgarians are a generous lot. Sure, the economic downturn has taken a nasty toll on many not-for-profits, arts organizations and the like, but thanks to the resolve of those who subscribe to the ‘giving is living mantra’, philanthropy is alive and well — albeit on life support.
National Philanthropy Day is the perfect opportunity to salute those who give so generously of their time, treasure and talent. Each year, the Calgary and area chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) marks National Philanthropy Day by honouring individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community. The Generosity of Spirit Awards is the vehicle the AFP uses to honour those who represent the diversity and breadth of Calgary’s philanthropic spirit.
A select group of guests gathered in Rotary House at Stampede Park recently for the Award presentations which were followed by a large reception in the Big Four Roadhouse. Heartfelt congratulations to the 2018 honourees: Tom and Debra Mauro — Lifetime Achievement Philanthropic Award; TELUS — Corporate Philanthropic Award; Supreme Menswear — Small Business Philanthropic Award; Children’s Hospital Aid Society (CHAS) — Philanthropic Group Award; Evan Hazell — Doc Seaman Individual Philanthropic Award; Alan and Shelly Norris — United Way of Calgary & Area Philanthropic Family Award; and Tina Guo — RBC Youth Philanthropic Award.
Individual award recipients, representatives from corporations honoured and others in attendance are pictured.
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