29th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon

Paying tribute to Miami’s philanthropic community since 1985!

Over 500 guests joined event co-chairs Patrick Morris and Barbara Norland as they hosted the 29th annual National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon at Jungle Island. In 1985, the Miami chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals initiated the nation’s first National Philanthropy Day event. Today, more than 50,000 people in 130 countries around the world participate in National Philanthropy Day celebrations. The luncheon pays tribute to Miami’s philanthropic community.

The event garners one of the largest crowds in local philanthropy. Rhiannon Ally, CBS4 news anchor, served as Mistress of Ceremonies and helped honor this year’s award winners: Sonja Zuckerman—Lifetime Achievement Award; Jorge Perez—Outstanding Philanthropist Award; David Lawrence, Jr.—Outstanding Volunteer Award; Darlene Hanes, executive vice president and regional director, accepted the Julia Tuttle Award for Community Involvement and Corporate Citizenship on behalf of Macy’s; Javier Soto, president and CEO, accepted the Outstanding Grant Maker Award on behalf of The Miami Foundation. Sallie Byrd, chapter past president presented the Joyce Galya Scholarship to Leana Cianfoni, assistant director of annual giving at the University of Miami.

The event also featured an insightful video produced by Aaron Glickman of Socialmiami.com with clips from community leaders (representing the nominating organizations) including Senator Paul Steinberg on behalf of Sonja Zuckerman; Thom Collins, director at PAMM on behalf of Jorge Perez; Dr. Pedro J. Greer on behalf of David Lawrence, Jr.; Marilyn March, executive director at The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade on behalf of Macy’s; and Richard Milstein, Board Member Performing Arts Center Trust on behalf of The Miami Foundation.

Thank you to our top sponsors: The Miami Herald, Comcast, Fernandez Family, The Miami Foundation, and WPBT2; and to our media sponsors: Socialmiami.com, South Florida Business Journal and Miami Magazine.

Please stay tuned for details regarding NPD’s 30th Anniversary in November 2015. For more information about National Philanthropy Day and AFP Miami, please visit www.afpmiami.org.

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