The ICCF board created the annual award to honor those who make helping others and strengthening their community an important part of their lives, and also to inspire others to give back to their community as well. This is the fifth year that the Philanthropist of the Year will be awarded. Previous recipients are Kelby Ruckle (Whittemore, 2015), Kathy Alward (Hale, 2014), Jane Meyer (Oscoda, 2013) and Dan Stock (Oscoda, 2012). In 2013, ICCF also honored two community champions: David Wentworth of Tawas City and Tara Western of East Tawas.
The honoree, nominated by members of the public, will be someone who has been active in local nonprofit organizations and other efforts to support Iosco County residents. This award is not meant to simply single out someone who makes a large amount of financial contributions. ICCF is looking to honor someone who is generous with their time, talents and financial resources – however large or modest that may be.
The award will be presented in May to a local resident who has worked for the betterment of Iosco County through volunteerism and personal contribution.
The mission of the ICCF is to serve as a catalyst and resource to inspire private giving for the betterment of Iosco County. By encouraging thoughtful and sustainable philanthropic choices, ICCF matches charitable interests with local needs to enhance the community’s quality of life for good, for ever.
To learn more about ICCF, visit iccf-online.org or contact Christine Bruske-Hitch at 1-877-354-6881 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Caption: Iosco County Community Foundation Board Members join Iosco County Philanthropists of the Year for the 2015 awards luncheon. From left to right: Janel Walmsley, Dana McGrew, Pauline Ferns, 2014 Honoree Kathy Alward, 2015 Honoree Kelby Ruckle, 2013 Honoree Jane Meyer, Tony Johnson, Cliff Miller and Aaron Korczowski.