One hundred gathered February 21 as Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation invited guests to Celebrate Philanthropic Excellence in the Grand Ballroom of the Carleton Hotel. The gathering honors the 2011 Excellence in Philanthropy Award winners and provides a report to the community on the Foundation’s activities in 2011. The report can be found on line as 2011 Highlights at here.
The annual Excellence in Philanthropy awards recognize, honor and encourage local philanthropy. Each award recipient designates a nonprofit to receive a grant from the Foundation, emphasizing the impact that charitable giving can have. This year’s Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Chatka Ruggiero selected the Animal Care League to receive a $1000 grant. William and Robert Planek’s OakParkApartments.com as recipients of the Outstanding Philanthropic Business chose The Oak Park & River Forest Day Nursery to receive a $500 grant. The Tau Gamma Service Club of Oak Park-River Forest High School earned the Outstanding Philanthropic Youth Group and identified Sarah’s Inn to receive a $500 grant for their focus on eliminating domestic violence.
The Foundation invites nominations throughout the year for its three Excellence in Philanthropy Awards. Call 708-848-1560 for more information or to obtain application materials.