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Thanks to all those who joined us at The Community Foundation for Montgomery County 2013 Celebration of Giving!

October 30, 2013

It was a wonderful evening in honor of Montgomery County’s generous philanthropic community!

From left to right: Dr. DeRionne Pollard (Master of Ceremonies, President of Montgomery College), Dorothy Graham, Solomon Graham (honoree), Hon. Ike Leggett (Montgomery County Executive) and C. Marie Henderson (Director, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County).

From left to right: Dr. DeRionne Pollard (Master of Ceremonies, President of Montgomery College), Dorothy Graham, Solomon Graham (honoree), Hon. Ike Leggett (Montgomery County Executive) and C. Marie Henderson (Director, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County).

Monday night we saluted our 2013 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year, Solomon Graham.  Throughout his career, Graham invested thoughtful dedication into giving back to the community that fostered his own success.  The impact of his leadership is most notably seen in local organizations which promote civic leadership development, services for people with disabilities, the arts, and education.  Solomon Graham exemplifies The Community Foundation’s “give where you live” mantra and we are proud to salute him as our honoree.

Click here to watch the touching video tribute to Sol Graham.

From left to right: Cliff Kendall (Founder, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County), Camille Kendall, Dorothy Graham, Solomon Graham.

From left to right: Cliff Kendall (Founder, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County), Camille Kendall, Dorothy Graham, Solomon Graham.

In addition to highlighting the great work done by nonprofits and philanthropists throughout the County, C. Marie Henderson, Director of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, provided the crowd with some sobering facts about our county and asked for more community involvement.

She stated:

“Although there is much to be proud of, there is still work to be done.  We must make our community aware that;

  • There are thousands of residents living at or below the margin.  Either because they are in the midst of a crisis or constantly living on the verge of a crisis;
  • 25% Of our homeless neighbors are still working while living in shelters;
  • Across this country Eighty-eight million adults currently in the workforce (57 percent) have low literacy, limited English proficiency or lack an educational credential past high school;
  • Lastly, if lower-educated adults were to complete an Associate degree and benefit from the typical average wage gain associated with it,  the U.S. would experience an increase in personal income of eight hundred and 48 billion dollars.

Therefore, I invite everyone in this room to help The Community Foundation to continue the legacy set by our founders, to find a way to get involved with our work and become part of a movement that supports its community. If we rally together, the whole community will be better for it.”

To become part of the movement, please click here to donate to our Sharing Montgomery fund which supports more than 50 local non profits here in Montgomery County.

From left to right: C. Marie Henderson, Hon. Ike Leggett, Terri Freeman (President, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region)

From left to right: C. Marie Henderson, Hon. Ike Leggett, Terri Freeman (President, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region)

 

From left to right: musical performers Awa Sal Secka and Sarah Watkins

From left to right: musical performers Awa Sal Secka and Sarah Watkins

From left to right: C. Marie Henderson, Mary Pat Alcus (Board Chair, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County), Craig Pernick

From left to right: C. Marie Henderson, Mary Pat Alcus (Board Chair, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County), Craig Pernick

Finally, we would like to say thank you to our Host Committee and sponsors, the 2013 Celebration of Giving would not be possible without you!

Host Committee

Mary Pat Alcus

Kevin Beverly

Robert G. Brewer, Jr.

Patrice & Scott Brickman

Marvin Dickerson

Stewart Edelstein

Nancy G. Fax

Douglas Firstenburg

Michelle Freeman

Anne Gunsteens

Steve Hull

Stephen Z. Kaufman

Camille Kendall

Michael Knapp

Catherine Leggett

Max Meltzer

Thomas Murphy

Nancy Fax

Eliot Pfanstiehl

William G. Robertson

Anne Rudman

Craig & Pat Ruppert

David Sears

Leslie Smith

Laura Stone

Sponsors

ANGELS

Darren & Mary Pat Alcus

Jane & Stewart Bainum

Bethesda Magazine

Patrice & Scott Brickman

Brown Advisory

Chevy Chase Trust

Carl M. Freeman Foundation

Clifford M. & Camille E. Kendall Fund

The Anthony, McLaughlin & Offen Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Round House Theatre

Cliff & Debbie White

BENEFACTORS

Montgomery College

Peter & Linda Welber

CHAMPIONS

Mozella Perry Ademiluyi, Love Is A Mountain LLC and Rising Sun Programs

Clark Charitable Foundation

Julie W. Davis and John R. Metz Family Fund

Nancy G. Fax and Pasternak & Fidis, P.C.

GE Healthcare Financial Services

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

Rick & Anne Rudman Family Fund

Ruppert Companies

Neal & Jennifer Simon and Highline Wealth Management

Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.

GUARANTORS

Adventist Healthcare

EagleBank

Susan & Charles Freed and Freed Advisors

Stephen Z. Kaufman

Leder Family Philanthropic Fund

Max Meltzer

Marya Foundation

Pettit Family Charitable Foundation

Leslie Seeman & David Becker

Laura Stone & Ezra Levine

Carol Trawick

Washington Gas

PATRONS

Burness Communications

Lawrence J. Dark Fund

Charles & Lisa Claudy Fleischman Family Fund

Barry & Carole Forman

R. William Hard

Intentional Philanthropy LLC

Sandy Kursban, Family &Nursing Care Foundation

Kate Latimer & Rick Slaten

Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.

Jerry & Betty Lowrie

Mary Malgoire & Beatrice Birman Fund

MGH Health Foundation Supporting MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

Ourisman Honda-Bethesda

Rodgers Consulting, Inc.

Christopher and Daren Ruppert

Sandy Spring Bank

The Schain Family Foundation

Bobbi & Larry Shulman

Leslie Smith

Brian Taff & Susan Wilder

BOOSTERS

Calvert Investments, Inc.

Jane & David Fairweather Inc.

Suzanne & Doug Firstenberg

Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP

Gerlach real estate, inc.

Michael Knapp, Orion Ventures

Laurene McKillop

Betsy Mead

Robert & Dee Metz Sharing Fund

Craig & Denise Pernick

Linda & Bob Youngentob

Paul & Margot Zimmerman

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