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Association of Fundraising Professionals to recognize South Plains Philanthropists on National Philanthropy Day

The following individuals and organizations will be honored at the 20th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Lubbock Area Chapter.

Outstanding Corporation, Glasheen, Valles, & Inderman, LLP

Outstanding Civic Organization, 100 Black Men of West Texas

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers, Linda and Gary Greenstreet

Outstanding Philanthropists, Linda and George McMahan

Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Sandy Ogletree

Outstanding Foundation, The Community Foundation of West Texas

The awards luncheon will take place Thursday November 19, 2015 at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center and is part of the National Philanthropy Day® celebrated by over 125 AFP chapters across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“National Philanthropy Day® is the day we recognize and pay tribute to the contributions that philanthropy – and philanthropists – have made to our great city and our nation,” stated Kimberly Lueb, President of the Lubbock Area Chapter. “With the federal government downsizing, charities have to rely more and more on individual contributions.” Organizations who participate in AFP in the Lubbock Area have generated revenue of over $212 million that funds more than $206 million in services provided in the West Texas Area.

Dean Loehr, Chair of the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Committee, invites you to join the celebration as "Today's honorees have lead and motivated philanthropic ideals to bring significant improvements to the lives in our communities."

The Outstanding Corporation, Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, LLP has been a generous supporter of UMC’s capital campaign including “Imagine the Miracles”, a building project for a new state-of-the-art NICU; Timothy J. Harnar Regional Burn Center expansion and renovation; and Camp Amistad, a camp for children receiving care at the Burn Center. They additionally support the Children’s Miracle Network Broadcast Phone Bank by answering phones during their event hours.

The Outstanding Civic Organization, 100 Black Men of West Texas, has grown from a small nucleus of committed individuals to a growing and thriving organization that includes all segments of the community. Perhaps its best known activity is the Annual Kids Fishing Derby. This free event hosts more than 1,000 area youth from single-parent and economically disadvantaged homes pairing them with mentors to foster a sense of wellness and safety as well as to instill core values such as respect for the environment and wildlife.

The Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers, Linda and Gary Greenstreet, were nominated due to their leadership and commitment as Chair of the Sun ‘n Fun Capital Campaign for the YWCA for the construction of a $8.5 million year-round community center set to be completed in 2016. They are relentless in their commitment to fundraising goals and fearless in the face of setbacks. They have never wavered in their enthusiasm or their expectation of success. They see every project as an opportunity to positively impact our entire community for decades to come.

The Outstanding Philanthropists, George and Lisa McMahon, are quiet community leaders. They never desire the spotlight, yet they are always willing to volunteer and give. Their true passion is providing scholarships for students at Texas Tech as well as local area high schools. They truly radiate servant leadership and outstanding philanthropic support for the Lubbock community.

Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Sandy Ogletree, currently serves as Executive Director of the UMC Foundation and VP of UMC Health System Administration. Sandy has worked tirelessly to transition the UMC Foundation from an annual campaign strategy to a fully comprehensive development program. Through her tireless leadership, a culture of philanthropy has formed across UMC Health System and UMC Foundation has grown in every aspect.

The Outstanding Foundation, The Community Foundation of West Texas, has served the South Plains since 1981 offering people a variety of ways to touch the community through philanthropic giving. By managing more than 5,500 grants, scholarship and endowment funds, Lubbock philanthropists trust the Community Foundation of West Texas to honor their wishes when they designate a fund. From animals to arts and teachers to veterans, the Community Foundation of West Texas greatly demonstrates charitable support for many area non-profits.

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents 30,000 fundraisers in 232 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. The Association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. With 86 members, the AFP Lubbock Area Chapter represents more than 46 local non-profits including the Volunteer Center of Lubbock, Lubbock Area United Way, the CH Foundation, CASA of the South Plains, Children’s Advocacy Center as well as Texas Tech University, the Covenant Foundation, the UMC Foundation and many more.

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