Each year the community foundation of Hamilton County, The Legacy Fund, brings together a room full of the most generous philanthropists, volunteers and just plain good folks with the leadership of 50 or so area nonprofits. The stated objective for the Celebration of Philanthropy is to award the Living Legacy Award, which acknowledges an individual or family who, through their lifetime, has made a particularly important contribution to our community as a philanthropist. The foundation has done a nice job in both recognizing the best among us and inspiring others to consider their own giving. This year’s recipients (look for an announcement of the family in the coming weeks) are no exception to those who have come before.
Perhaps even more importantly, the event (Nov. 14 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel) encourages nonprofit organizations to interact directly with the scores of donors active in our county. Equally compelling is the opportunity for existing and potential board members to meet and exchange ideas with the assembled power-house of community service talent. Over the years, board directors and funders have been introduced to scores of innovative and thoughtful public-serving organizations and their leaders. In bringing these ingredients together, countless new ideas and enhancements to existing work have benefitted (and continues to bring extensive value to) our community.
If you care about giving, plan to attend. If you care about those who work to support the arts, the needy and those most at risk, plan to attend. If you are looking to have a fun evening, plan to attend. Check out Legacy Fund at www.legacyfund.org or on Facebook for more information or to watch the great videos on previous winners – they are inspiring. Or, call Kerry Byrne at Legacy Fund 843-2479.