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Local group to celebrate National Philanthropy Day

Daily Staff Report

The Tri-State Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will celebrate National Philanthropy Day by naming a corporate and an individual philanthropist of the year at its annual celebration on Thursday in Winchester.

First held in 1986, National Philanthropy Day celebrates the daily contributions made by individuals and organizations to countless causes and missions.

This year, West Virginia lottery winner/philanthropist W. Randy Smith will be recognized as the individual philanthropist of the year and HP Hood, LLC, a dairy operator from Winchester, is the corporate philanthropist of the year. They will be recognized at a luncheon at the George Washington Hotel.

Smith, a former magistrate and sheriff from Berkeley County, has given away millions of dollars to local nonprofits - including Martinsburg/Berkeley County Parks and Recreation, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and Hospice of the Panhandle - since he won the Powerball in 2010.

HP Hood supports a number of area nonprofits, including the Winchester/Frederick County Relay for Life, Frederick County Parks &Recreation, the Boy Scouts of America and Blue Ridge Hospice.

The AFP chapter will host three workshops before Thursday's luncheon that are designed to assist nonprofit fundraisers and boards of directors in their work. Speakers include: Brydon M. DeWitt, president of DeWitt & Associated, who will speak about defining nonprofits' messages and audiences; Robert Brennan, vice president for university advancement at Mount St. Mary's University, who will speak on donor visits; and Phyllis Freedman, president of SmartGiving, who will discuss donor stewardship.

Cost of the three workshops and luncheon is $35 per person, or $240 for a table of eight.

For more information, contact Niki Wilson, director of development for Valley Health (southern region) at 540-636-0363 or 540-303-0582, or by email at nwilson@valleyhealthlink.com


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