Community Foundation bestows annual awards

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More than 300 people gathered at The Fountains Wedding & Conference Center last week to celebrate the Community Foundation’s charitable leadership and accomplishments during the past year. The 2014 annual meeting and awards luncheon theme was “Planting seeds for good in our community.”

“Every year, these annual meetings are a celebration of the potential that exists within our community because of caring people like you. By being here, you are reaffirming your faith in our community and the work of the Community Foundation,” said Dr. Doug Wilson, Foundation President & CEO.Comm Foundation 2

CFES reported on its activities during the past year to promote and support philanthropy on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. Wilson said, “2014 was a remarkable year with the Foundation awarding over $4.8 million in grants and scholarships.”

Over the past year, the Foundation distributed 1,281 grants to nonprofits and received $6.4 million in new gifts from donors.  The Foundation currently holds over 600 charitable funds that benefit the community.

The highlight of the Foundation’s annual meeting is the presentation of honors and awards.

The Mary Gladys Jones Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to David Duitscher.

Since 1985, David has volunteered as chaplain at Deer’s Head Hospital Center in Salisbury.  He has also provided thousands of volunteer hours to Coastal Hospice as a Patient Care volunteer.

The Community Foundation’s Richard A. Henson Award for Nonprofit Excellence was presented to Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council and The Magi Fund Inc. as the region’s outstanding two nonprofit organizations.

Founded in 1967, the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council is a nonprofit organization that coordinates, promotes and sustains the activities of other nonprofit art entities in Wicomico County.

The Magi Fund was founded for the sole purpose of raising funds for the Joseph House Center and Christian Shelter, two nonprofit organizations meeting critical needs on the Lower Eastern Shore.

Arthur M. Cooley was awarded the Frank H. Morris Humanitarian Award.

His lifetime commitment to community service, quiet but steady leadership and generosity of time and talents reflects the humanitarian ideals and human values that epitomized Frank Morris’ life.  Mr. Cooley is a leader and participant in making this community a better place to live.

The Annual Report & Annual Meeting sponsors include PNC Bank, Mason Investment Advisory Services, Inc., Bank of Delmarva, BB&T Bank, Comcast Spotlight, First Shore Federal Savings & Loan, Hebron Savings Bank, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Raymond C. Shockley.  A special note of thanks to Jackies Flowers and More for providing the flower arrangements and to Walt Warren, Owner of Peninsula Printing, for the donation of printing of programs.

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