Awards 2017

“Best of the State” Connecticut Philanthropy Awards to Be Presented at Awards Breakfast:

The AFP Connecticut and Fairfield County Chapters will honor all those who have helped change lives in our community through their fundraising and philanthropic efforts at the “Best of the State” Connecticut Philanthropy Awards Breakfast  at the Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway in Trumbull, CT on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

We will be presenting seven different awards.  AFP membership is not required to submit a nomination.  We invite you to share this information with colleagues who may in the future have an interest in recognizing a constituent of their own at this state-wide, prestigious ceremony.  2017 AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED 

THE AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE FOLLOWING WINNERS:

Award for Outstanding Corporation 2017:  Webster Bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criteria: A corporation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and by encouraging and motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.

At Webster Bank, employees believe they should give of themselves to the communities they serve.  This commitment is both a core value that helps define Webster as an organization and has been a tradition since Webster was founded over 80 years ago.  Read more… 

Award for Outstanding Foundation 2017:  The ZAC Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criteria: A private foundation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and by encouraging and motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.

In 2007, Karen and Brian Cohn lost their six-year-old son, Zachery Archer Cohn, to a pool drain entrapment accident in the backyard swimming pool of their Connecticut home.  Since then, the couple founded the ZAC Foundation as a living legacy that works to ensure that no child will suffer a similar fate by teaching water safety in various modalities and advocating for greater safety standards in all communities.  Read more…

Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional 2017:  Tara Navara

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criteria: An outstanding individual fundraising professional who works directly for a nonprofit, charitable organization. 

Tara Navara’s 18 years experience in fundraising has been highlighted by her work at Make-A-Wish Connecticut as well as her leadership and mentorship for staff and volunteers along the way, and the broad community impact from her philanthropic leadership.  Read more…

Award for Outstanding Philanthropist 2017:  Brewster Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criteria: An individual or family with a strong record of exceptional generosity and whose direct financial support has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility.

Brewster Perkins has been an invaluable supporter of numerous area non-profit organizations, through both his personal philanthropy and his engaged leadership which has encouraged many others to follow his footsteps.  His generosity extends to two private colleges in the Hartford area:  the University of Saint Joseph and Trinity College, as well as many other non-profit organizations.  Read more…

Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser 2017:  Lorrie Lorenz & Michele Graham

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criteria:  An individual or family that demonstrates outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of charitable institutions.  The recipients must have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects for more than one nonprofit organization.

Barbara Graham and Lorrie Lorenz are dedicated volunteers who have turned personal family experience with cancer into dedicated fundraising for many cancer patients and scientific research to support new cures.  They have shared their knowledge about fundraising and have broadened their impact on fundraising for cancer cures and patient care.  Read more…

Award for Outstanding Young Adult in Philanthropy 2017:  Stephen Cusano

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criteria: An individual or group of young adults who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.

Stephen Cusano is a Jazz Performance graduate of The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford.  He started with benefit concerts producing proceeds designated for the North Haven High School which inspired his musical career.  Later his “give back” impulse grew to support helping raise funds in honor of his brother, Chris, and other brain cancer survivors.  Read more…

Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy 2017:  Lauren Harteveldt

 

 

 

 

 

Criteria: An individual or group of young people (ages 5 to 17) who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.

When Lauren Harteveldt turned 12 and planned her Bat Mitzvah when she would officially be held accountable for her actions as an adult, she chose to let her first action as an adult be a philanthropic one.  Instead of presents, she asked her friends and family donate to Make-A-Wish Connecticut, where her involvement rapidly grew.  Read more… 

Click here to see a list of Past Award Recipients through 2016

To view photos of past Award Recipients, visit the Photo Gallery.