Local volunteers honored at National Philanthropy Day luncheon

CHARMAIN BRACKETT/SPECIAL From left are William S. Morris III; Kevin Grogan, director and curator; and Phyllis Giddens, director of external affairs, from the Morris Museum of Art; and Paige Miller, president of the Greater Augusta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The Morris Museum of Art received two awards Wednesday at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon at Augusta Country Club.

 

Its team of dedicated docents received the outstanding volunteer association award and the museum received the outstanding local partner award. The luncheon was hosted by the Greater Augusta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

“We’re very grateful to have been recognized,” said Kevin Grogan, curator and director of the Morris Museum of Art.

Museum docents perform critical roles, he said. They lead tours and sometimes go into school to perform outreach programs. They also serve as greeters and some of them have done original research at the museum.

One of the volunteers on hand to receive the award was Gloria Greenbaum, who was a docent on the day the museum opened 25 years ago, said Grogan.

And the outstanding local partner award is a tribute to the relationships the museum has made with other organizations over the years, he said.

Also honored at the luncheon was Brian Marks as outstanding philanthropist for his efforts with the Augusta University Foundation and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Marks has funded scholarships for students at Augusta University to travel abroad, and the former president of the Symphony Orchestra Augusta board of directors donated $2.5 million to that organization when it started its capital campaign for the renovation of the Miller Theater.

Bank of America was named the outstanding corporation for its grants to local organizations, which have included Christ Community Health Services to provide medical and dental services to the underserved, underinsured in the Augusta area, and Augusta Technical College Foundation. Those two organizations nominated Bank of America, but the corporation has provided funds for other local groups such as the Salvation Army and Augusta Training Shop.

The Family Y has played an integral role in the life of William R. “Bill” Coleman, who was named the outstanding fundraising volunteer. Coleman learned to swim at the downtown Y and coached soccer there. He also helped as the organization expanded into Thomson, helping raise $6 million for a pool. His efforts garnered him the YMCA’s Bridge Builder Award.

“He’s what every organization out there wants in a leader and worker,” said emcee Brad Means in introducing Coleman.

Catherine Stewart, Children’s Hospital of Georgia development officer, received the outstanding fundraising professional award for her work in raising money for “her children.”

“She attends the events she’s planned and does whatever it takes to benefit her children,” said Means.

Since she became part of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, fundraising has increased 542 percent.

David Hamilton “Hamp” Gibbs, a recent graduate of Augusta Preparatory Day School and a freshman at Georgia Institute of Technology, was named outstanding youth volunteer. He was a member of the Augusta Chapter of the Red Cross’s Youth Board. During his senior year at Augusta Prep, he organized 40 of his classmates to hold a leadership workshop for incoming freshman.

The Brian J. Mulherin Outstanding Community Service Award was given to Carolyn Maund and Tim McGill. Maund has served as the director of the Augusta Chapter of the American Red Cross, worked with the March of Dimes and volunteered with Women in Philanthropy. McGill is retired regional external affairs manager with Georgia Power.

 

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