On the Town: Local group hosts annual celebration, awards program

On Jan. 17, the Association of Fundraising Professionals East Central Illinois Chapter (AFPECI) hosted National Philanthropy Day at the Champaign Country Club, an annual celebration and awards program to identify and recognize outstanding philanthropic achievements by individuals and organizations in the area.

The day began with a professional development workshop led by Jerry Panas called "What I've Learned in 40 Years of Fundraising," followed by a luncheon celebrating philanthropy and volunteerism in the community.

The AFPECI Board of Directors awarded the chapter's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to William T. Sturtevant for his exceptional accomplishments and decades of service.

Other award recipients include Tony Clements, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; Campus Middle School 8th Grade Class, Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy; Danville Area Community College, Outstanding Foundation or Grantmaker Organization; Presence Covenant Medical Center, Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation; Ann Beddini, Lisa Mauney Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award; Joe & Nila Hasler, Outstanding Philanthropists.

AFPECI also announced the 2014 AFPECI William T. Sturtevant Professional Development Scholarship. This new $1,000 scholarship, funded by the Green Family Foundation, can be used for AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) or CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive Program) training or professional development in the 2014 calendar year.

For more information about the Association of Fundraising Professionals East Central Illinois Chapter, visit http://www.afpeci.org.

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