1000+ Gather to Honor Austin Philanthropists

Austin Philanthropy Day Kirk Watson

Senator Kirk Watson presided over the 2008 Austin Philanthropy Day Awards

Yesterday’s 2008 Philanthropy Day lunch event produced by the Austin chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals was huge, crowded, and more fun than it should have been. Almost every nonprofit in Central Texas was represented, and despite the large number of attendees, this was a pretty chummy crowd.

We’ll cover the event with more photographs in our first issue, but I wanted to share with you some of the highlights and photos. Thanks to photographer Greg Cestaro for the great pictures.

Austin Philanthropy Day Conspirare

Philanthropy Day opened with a performance by Conspirare

Austin Philanthropy Day Sara and Dick Rathgeber

“Aspiring philanthropists have to find a cause that they truly believe in.” Sara and Dick Rathgeber accept the award for Outstanding Philanthropists.

Austin Philanthropy Day Jody Denberg

Jody Denberg of KGSR accepts the award for Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation.

Austin Philanthropy Day Michele Walker-Moak

“Every girl deserves to be diva for a day!” Beth Tracy of IBM presents Michele Walker-Moak of Applied Materials with the Outstanding Community Affairs Executive Award, with tiara.

Austin Philanthropy Day Ed Gardner

“If you could see these little kids come to the Assistance League and Operation School Bell and get their first set of new clothes… it causes tears to your eyes.” Ed Gardner, a volunteer for the Assistance League of Austin, accepts the Special Recognition Award for his work leading the renovation of a building for the ALA.

Austin Philanthropy Day Ryan Berber

“I’ve been blessed with an unusual opportunity,” said 21-year-old Ryan Berber, winner of the Kelly Davidson Memorial Outstanding Philanthropic Youth (Young Adult) Award. “It’s only right that I pass it on.”

Austin Philanthropy Day Brianna Vogel

“I want to be a scientist or an art teacher when I grow up,” said third-grader Brianna Vogel, winner of the Kelly Davidson Memorial Outstanding Philanthropic Youth (Child/Teen) Award. Vogel created Brianna’s Pennies of Love, formng a board and raising $1800 of funds to buy art supplies for a local pediatric cancer center.

Read more about the AFP and its Philanthropy Day event here.

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