Gen­eros­ity of Spirit Award hon­ourees for 2018

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There was a time our beloved city was, on a per-capita ba­sis, the most phi­lan­thropic me­trop­o­lis in North Amer­ica. It may well be years be­fore we can boast such largesse — if ever again. How­ever, we can still be fiercely proud of the fact Cal­gar­i­ans are a gen­er­ous lot. Sure, the eco­nomic down­turn has taken a nasty toll on many not-for-prof­its, arts or­ga­ni­za­tions and the like, but thanks to the re­solve of those who sub­scribe to the ‘giv­ing is liv­ing ’ mantra, phi­lan­thropy is alive and well — al­beit on life sup­port.

Na­tional Phi­lan­thropy Day is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to salute those who give so gen­er­ously of their time, trea­sure and tal­ent. Each year, the Cal­gary and area chap­ter of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Fundrais­ing Pro­fes­sion­als (AFP) marks Na­tional Phi­lan­thropy Day by hon­our­ing in­di­vid­u­als and groups who have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity. The Gen­eros­ity of Spirit Awards is the ve­hi­cle the AFP uses to hon­our those who rep­re­sent the di­ver­sity and breadth of Cal­gary’s phi­lan­thropic spirit.

A select group of guests gath­ered in Ro­tary House at Stam­pede Park re­cently for the Award pre­sen­ta­tions which were fol­lowed by a large re­cep­tion in the Big Four Road­house. Heart­felt con­grat­u­la­tions to the 2018 hon­ourees: Tom and De­bra Mauro — Life­time Achieve­ment Phi­lan­thropic Award; TELUS — Cor­po­rate Phi­lan­thropic Award; Supreme Menswear — Small Busi­ness Phi­lan­thropic Award; Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Aid So­ci­ety (CHAS) — Phi­lan­thropic Group Award; Evan Hazell — Doc Sea­man In­di­vid­ual Phi­lan­thropic Award; Alan and Shelly Nor­ris — United Way of Cal­gary & Area Phi­lan­thropic Fam­ily Award; and Tina Guo — RBC Youth Phi­lan­thropic Award.

In­di­vid­ual award re­cip­i­ents, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from cor­po­ra­tions hon­oured and oth­ers in at­ten­dance are pic­tured.

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Pic­tured, from left, at the 2018 Gen­eros­ity of Spirit Awards are As­so­ci­a­tion of Fundrais­ing Pro­fes­sion­als pres­i­dent elect Marni Hal­was, past pres­i­dent Wayne Steer and pres­i­dent Cather­ine Chrumka. The awards co­in­cided with Na­tional Phi­lan­thropy Day.

Pic­tured at the 2018 Gen­eros­ity of Spirit Awards are Alan and Shelly Nor­ris, re­cip­i­ents of the 2018 United Way of Cal­gary & Area Phi­lan­thropic Fam­ily Award.

From left, Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Aid So­ci­ety’s (CHAS) Dianne Fer­gu­son, Pa­tri­cia Ros­siter and Geri Moon have rea­son to smile as CHAS was cho­sen for the Phi­lan­thropic Group Award at the 2018 Gen­eros­ity of Spirit Awards held Nov 14. at Ro­tary House at Stam­pede Park.

Pic­tured at the 2018 Gen­eros­ity of Spirit Awards are BMO’s Stephanie Pot­ter and em­cee CBC’s An­gela Knight. BMO was the pre­sent­ing spon­sor of the awards.

U of C med­i­cal stu­dent Tina Guo was hon­oured with the RBC Youth Phi­lan­thropic Award at the 2018 Gen­eros­ity of Spirit Awards. Guo’s rivet­ing thank-you speech gar­nered a lengthy stand­ing ova­tion from guests.

From left, co-chairs of the 2018 Gen­eros­ity of Spirit Awards are Michele Chi­as­son-Suart, Amy Hurst and Jackie Lewis.

Dar­ren Bie­der­mann and his com­pany Supreme Men’s Wear were hon­oured with the Small Busi­ness Phi­lan­thropic Award at the 2018 Gen­eros­ity of Spirit Awards on Nov. 14.

Pic­tured at the 2018 Gen­eros­ity of Spirit Awards at Ro­tary House are Evan Hazell, re­cip­i­ent of the Doc Sea­man In­di­vid­ual Phi­lan­thropic Award and his wife, Cal­gary Opera board chair Jackie Pyke.

Pic­tured at the 2018 Gen­eros­ity of Spirit Awards are TELUS’ Navin Arora and Christi Cruz. TELUS was the re­cip­i­ent of the Cor­po­rate Phi­lan­thropic Award.

Tom and De­bra Mauro were pre­sented with the pres­ti­gious Life­time Achieve­ment Phi­lan­thropic Award at the 2018 Gen­eros­ity of Spirit Awards held Nov. 14.

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