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Thursday, November 14, 2013

UK, Association of Fundraising Professionals local chapter celebrate the role donors play

Don and Cathy Jacobs, on left, received the Association of Fundraising Professionals'  top honor as the 2013 recipients of the Distinguished Philanthropist Award. (Photo from UK)

Don and Cathy Jacobs, on left, received the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ top honor as the 2013 recipients of the Distinguished Philanthropist Award. (Photo from UK)

 
By Carl Nathe
Special to KyForward
 
The University of Kentucky joined the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Nov. 13 in celebrating the vital role that donors and nonprofit agencies play in helping higher education and society as a whole with their generous contributions to and efforts on behalf of worthy causes.
 
The annual event is Central Kentucky’s way of celebrating National Philanthropy Day and honors the philanthropists and volunteers who make a real difference in the quality of life in the communities in this region.
 
Don and Cathy Jacobs received the day’s top honor as the 2013 recipients of the Distinguished Philanthropist Award. The Jacobs have and continue to be major financial supporters of several initiatives at UK, including UK HealthCare’s Chandler Hospital Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center, the Markey Cancer Center and the current expansion and renovation project for the Gatton College of Business and Economics. In addition, they have given tremendously of their time, effort and money in support of Lexington’s Hope Center and numerous other charitable endeavors.
 

Lexmark was honored for its financial contributions towards library renovations, Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative, UK College of Engineering, Gatton College of Business and Economics and other UK departments. (Photo from UK)

Lexmark was honored for its financial contributions towards library renovations, Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative, UK College of Engineering, Gatton College of Business and Economics and other UK departments. (Photo from UK)

Lexmark was honored for its financial contributions toward the renovation of the old Lexington Northside Library branch into a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education center and home of the Department of Biology’s Ecological Research Facility; its sponsorship of the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative; its support of programs in the College of Engineering and the Gatton College; and other contributions to UK.
 
Dorotha Smith Oatts was thanked for her unwavering support and monetary generosity on behalf of The Arboretum, Kentucky’s Official State Botanical Garden, which is administered by UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
 

   Dorotha Smith Oatts, on left, was thanked for her unwavering support and generosity to The Arboretum. (Photo from UK)

Dorotha Smith Oatts, on left, was thanked for her unwavering support and generosity to The Arboretum. (Photo from UK)

The UK student chapter of AFP presented the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award to Eliza Waller, president of Lexington Catholic High School’s Service Club.
 
“Today’s celebration certainly is evidence that individuals and organizations can help to change the world with a giving heart,” said UK Vice President and Chief Development Officer Mike Richey.
 
In all, more than 20 nonprofit organizations and their benefactors were honored during the luncheon program held at Marriott’s Griffin Gate Resort.
 
Carl Nathe writes for the University of Kentucky.

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