Group Celebrates National Philanthropy Day

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Topeka - Some of the Topeka community's outstanding volunteers earned special honors Thursday.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals honored those who give of their time and money with a luncheon for National Philanthropy Day.

The group presented awards to Kay Craig for Outstanding Philanthropist, nominated by CASA of Shawnee County; Stanley Teeter, represented by his son, Scott, as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, nominated by Kansas Children's Service League; Youth Philanthropist Alexandra Rae Dattilo of Topeka High School for her work with Youth Court and Big Brothers Big Sisters; the Kansas Masonic Foundation as Outstanding Foundation; and WIBW-TV as Outstanding Corporate Donor, nominated by KCSL for programs on foster care and adoption, including the weekly Wednesday's Child feature and an hour-long special to recruit foster families which aired in August.

Receiving special recognition with the Outstanding Nonprofit Leadership Award was Twink Lynch. Lynch has dedicated many years to the Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy.

Organizers say it's not hard to stick with volunteering. AFP Chapter President Joyce Martin says once people start volunteering, they realized the difference they are making and quickly become hooked. She says the enormous amount of time, energy and money volunteers give would be greatly missed if it went away.

United Way of Greater Topeka CEO Miriam Krehbiel delivered the keynote speech at the event. She says organizations should stress to potential donors what makes them excellent, rather than what makes them different. She also said, in tough economic times, she encourages people to do as she heard another speaker describe it - "give courageously," giving people a hand-up today, so everyone will be better off in the future.