2 local women honored for outstanding philanthropy

URBANA — Representatives from Cunningham Children's Home and Shelby Motors were recognized Nov. 16 for outstanding philanthropy by the East Central Illinois Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The awards were presented at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon at the Champaign Country Club.

Cloydia Hill Larimore, the vice president of advancement for Cunningham Children's Home, received the 2012 Lisa Mauney Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award.

Jennifer Shelby, owner of Shelby Motors, was honored with the 2012 Outstanding Corporation Award.

Larimore has served as the primary fund development officer for 22 years at Cunningham Children's Home.

She was responsible for building a fund development program for Cunningham and oversees the advancement department consisting of six professional staff members who provide comprehensive public relations, marketing and fundraising services for the agency.

In addition, Larimore serves on the agency's Executive Leadership Team, which is responsible for the agency's $14 million budget and 250 employees.

For 23 consecutive years, Shelby Motors has been the presenting sponsor of the Kendall Gill Golf Tournament, which has generated more than $750,000 in revenue to support Cunningham's residential treatment, community services and special education programs.

Because of Shelby Motors' support, all proceeds from the golf outing go directly to support programs at Cunningham.

In addition, Shelby and her company have provided generous support to the Crisis Nursery, the Champaign County Schools Foundation, the Humane Society's Fur Ball and many other nonprofit organizations in the community.

Cunningham Children's Home is at 1301 N. Cunningham Ave., U.

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skiparoo wrote on November 26, 2012 at 7:11 am

way to go jen.  miss those parties at kemper's after the games.