Valley businesses, community members honored for giving back

This year's banquet, in honor of National Philanthropy Day, was the 26th year the event has been held in the Valley

People and organizations who dedicate themselves to giving back were honored Friday by the local chapter of the The Association of Fundraising Professionals.


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – People and organizations who dedicate themselves to giving back were honored Friday by the local chapter of the The Association of Fundraising Professionals.

This year’s banquet, in honor of National Philanthropy Day, was the 26th year the event has been held in the Valley.

Catherine Cala, director of alumni engagement at Youngstown State University and event co-chair, said a wide variety of businesses were represented.

“Different types of nonprofits were represented, so we’re really proud of all the work they do and the fact that our community members care enough to recognize them,” she said.

Receiving awards were:

  • Outstanding Civic Organization – Youngstown CityScape
  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist -Wal-Mart of Mahoning and Shenango Valleys
  • Legacy Award – Irwin Thomases
  • Outstanding Philanthropist – Herb and Gisele Washington
  • Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist – Mr. Bob Komara, Komara Jewelers
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – Dorothy J. Pollock
  • Outstanding Young Philanthropist – Kate Jenkins and Kindness Kampaign.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals represents more than 30,000 members in over 230 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. Locally, the Mahoning/Shenango Chapter consists of 60 members who are active fundraising professionals for numerous nonprofit organizations, schools and hospitals.