National Philanthropy Day luncheon to honor volunteers

Ray Alvarez and White House Foods will be named philanthropists of the year during a Nov. 13 luncheon.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Tri-State Chapter will announce Alvarez as individual philanthropist of the year and White House Foods as corporate philanthropist of the year at this year’s event.

Stephanie Landes, Tri-State chapter president-elect for the association, said she hopes to instill a “sense of appreciation” to those who attend and show that without volunteers “gaps and voids in the community wouldn’t be met.”

According the news release from the association, the event “recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to countless charities and causes in the tri-state area.”

The release states that Alvarez, a graduate of Shepherd University and a former top executive at Honewell, has been a member of the university’s alumni association, its Gridiron Club, and is a founding member of the annual donor leadership circle. He was vice president of the Shepherd University Foundation and has raised more than $200,000 as president of the university’s Scarborough Society.

White House Foods was nominated by Lord Fairfax Community College and is led by David and Paige Gum, the release stated.

White House Foods sponsors a special concert on the final Sunday of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival at the Winchester Church of God and all proceeds have gone toward LFCC’s Great Expectations program for foster youth. The average gift is $30,000.

White House Foods also supports the United Service Organization and helps raise funds for the Winchester Medical Center’s campaign to build a new cancer center.

Landes said she hopes this event “serves as a motivator to get people more involved” and to “spur them to take action” within their communities.

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Millwood Station in Winchester. The emcee for the event will be Barry Lee, a local radio personality and past philanthropist award winner.

Last year’s attendance was 165 people. “We’re hoping for at least that number if not more this year,” Landes said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or

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