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Celebration of Philanthropy

The 2022 awardees are philanthropists and volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional generosity, outstanding civic and philanthropic responsibility, and exemplary leadership in advancing philanthropy in Anne Arundel County:

In 2022, we are also announced the launch of its new Professional Advisors Recognition Society at this year’s Celebration of Philanthropy, naming six inductees to its inaugural class.

For questions about the Celebration of Philanthropy please contact Director of Development, Damika Baker-Wilson at

2022 Celebration of Philanthropy Sponsors

- Platinum Sponsors -
- Gold Sponsors -
- Silver Sponsors -
- Bronze Sponsors -
AACC Foundation
Boatyard Bar & Grill
Larry Burrows & Dawne Widener Burrows
Carl & Anita Gutschick
Mr. & Mrs. David Mitchell
Rosso Commercial Real Estate Services
Shore United Bank
Bill Thompson
Martha Van Woerkom 
- Friends of Philanthropy -
Annapolis Maritime Museum
Harry & Kate Caldwell
Mary Grace Folwell & Jeff Riedle
Hague Quality Water of Maryland
Warren & Anne Hamel
The Junior League of Annapolis, Inc.
Monarch Cybersecurity LLC
John Olson, CFP, RICP, MBA
Mary & Dale Spencer
Greg & Trish Strott
Dr. Neil J. Weissman
Karen M. Whaley, CPA
- Media Partner -

2023 Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities will be available in Summer 2023

Watch the 2022 Highlight Video Here

2022 Celebration of Philanthropy Award Categories

Philanthropist of the Year Award  - This award is presented to an individual or family (family foundations are eligible for this award) with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and philanthropic responsibility, exemplary leadership in advancing philanthropy, and whose generosity encourages others to become philanthropic leaders, particularly in Anne Arundel County.

Corporate Philanthropist of the Year Award - This award is presented to a local business/corporation (corporate foundations are eligible for this award) that has a proven record of exceptional generosity and demonstrates outstanding civic and philanthropic responsibility through direct financial support to nonprofits located in Anne Arundel County. The local business/corporation encourages and motivates its employees to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement with local nonprofits.  

Volunteer of the Year Award - This award is presented to an individual or team of volunteers (formal or informal) with a proven record of volunteerism who, through the donations of time and talent, has played a key role in helping local nonprofit organizations provide services to the community. They often make the difference in an organization being able to expand its services to a wider audience or move its programs to a higher level of service to the community. 

Young Volunteer of the Year Award - This award is presented to an individual student or youth group (elementary through college) who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and/or leadership. Examples of activities may include tutoring, mentoring, designing social media tools for nonprofits, raising funds or goods (food, clothing, toys, etc.), performing a public service to help build a playground, renovating housing, or cleaning up a waterway.

Boots on the Ground Award – This award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond to improve lives and meet community needs through their exceptional efforts, including mobilizing resources for public benefit, leading by example, serving when they are called, advocating, and volunteering for those in our community who need help. Their efforts have a direct, real, tangible impact on our neighbors and our community.

Carroll H. Hynson, Jr. Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy – This award is named in honor of Carroll H. Hynson, Jr., founding CFAAC Board Member and longest running host of the Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. It will be presented to an individual, group, or organization that has demonstrated a significant commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their philanthropic practice in Anne Arundel County. Nominees should have made outstanding contributions to philanthropy by forging genuine partnerships with diverse communities, building bridges, and championing the acceptance, respect, and inclusion of all.

Carol Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award – This award is named in honor of Carol Thompson, the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County's Founder and its first Executive Director. It is presented to an individual who has made lasting, significant, and impactful contributions to Anne Arundel County by advancing philanthropy through long-standing leadership, creativity in responding to societal problems, and bringing leaders, philanthropists, volunteers, organizations, and businesses together.

Legacy Award for Planned Giving - This award recognizes a family or individual philanthropist who has made a significant contribution to one or more local nonprofits using a planned gift. A planned gift is any major gift, made in a lifetime or at death as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning. These include gifts of equity, life insurance, real estate, personal property, or cash. 

Past Award Recipients

Philanthropists of the Year
2001 Hillard & Karolyn Donner
2002 Creston & Betty Jane Tate
2003 Jim & Katherine Mandrin
2004 Frank & Susan Chaney
2005 Tom & Peggy Baldwin
2006 Robert Pascal
2007 Frederick A. Graul
2008 Edward St. John
2009 Phil & Meri Gibbs
2010 Jim & Linda Humphrey
2011 Patty McManus
2012 James & Sylvia Earl
2013 John & Cathy Belcher
2014 John & Terri Hussman
2015 JoAnn DeCesaris
2016 Richard "Dick" Franyo
2017 Jane Campbell Chambliss & Pete Chambliss
2018 Beverly & Stephen Marcus
2019 Kent and Sue McNew
2020 John and Jan Magnolia
2021 Jeffrey Harris & Joyce Pratt
2022 Carol B. Sisco

Corporate Philanthropists of the Year 
2011 BankAnnapolis
2011 Varuna Aveda Salon Spa
2012 Severn Savings Bank
2013 CPS Gumpert
2014 Bank of Glen Burnie
2015 Skyline Technology Solutions
2016 Development Facilitators, Inc.
2017 Buck Distributing Company, Inc.
2018 The Brick Companies
2019 Annapolis Cars
2020 Crosby Marketing
2021 Hannon Armstrong
2022 Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland®

Celebration of Philanthropy Award
2006 The Philip Merrill Family
2013 Lisa Hillman
2018 Elizabeth Kinney

Foundations of the Year
2011 Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation
2012 William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
2013 Keith Campbell Foundation
2014 South Anne Arundel County Rotary Foundation
2015 TKF Foundation
2016 Merrill Foundation
2018 The Philip E. and Carol R. Ratcliffe Foundation
2019 The Chaney Enterprises Foundation
2020 AMFM Foundation

Volunteers of the Year
2003 Tricia Lehmann
2004 Rob Cradle
2005 Trudy McFall
2006 Dennis Conti
2007 Anna E. Greenberg
2008 Tony & Penny Evans
2009 Ellenor Alvarez
2010 Deede Rivers
2011 Bill & Terry Kuethe
2012 Bobbie & Jerry Burnett
2013 Fred Davis
2014 Betty Mack

Volunteer of the Year, continued
2015 Penny Cantwell
2016 Karen Smith
2017 Karen Feldman & Helena Hunter
2018 Tara Balfe Clifford
2019 Bronwyn Belling
2020 Vanessa Carter
2021 Townsend McNitt
2022 Tatiana Klein

Young Volunteers of the Year
2007 Megan Skiles
2008 Annie Bukowski
2009 David Ensor
2010 Meade High School Key Club
2016 Maggie Crawford
2017 Jason Cherry
2018 Ben Nussbaumer
2019 Grace Gallant
2020 Haley Havard
2021 Ryan O’Connor
2022 Ella Edwards

Boots on the Ground Award
2020 Susana Cruz
2021 Janice Keating
2022 Bruce Morgenstern

Carroll H. Hynson Jr. Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy
2020 Yevola Peters
2021 Martha Blaxall
2022 Calandra Dixon Layne

Carol Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award
2020 Henry “Hank” Libby
2021 Larry Griffin
2022 Leo Zerhusen

Legacy Award for Planned Giving
2020 Cherie Loustaunau
2021 Cindy Pond
2022 The Estate of Emily and Donald Sheets

Community Collaborators Award
2020 Banneker-Douglass Museum

Emerging Philanthropist Award
2020 Ellen Shiery

Innovation Award
2020 Creating Communities

Leadership in Philanthropy Award
2020 Taylor Pyles

Nonprofit MVP Award

2020 Kristina Mitchell

Outstanding Nonprofit Award
2020 Hope for All

Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award
2020 Jan Wood

Outstanding Small Business Award
2020 Atlas Container, Paul Centenari

Outstanding Volunteer Group Award
2020 Anne Arundel Medical Center Auxiliary

Outstanding Youth Group Award
2020 Kid Changemakers

Unsung Hero Award
2020 Jan Atwood



Celebrating 20+ Years of Philanthropy

If you would like to view the 2021 event you can do so using the link below.

View the 2021 Celebration of Philanthropy Program Here


If you would like to view the 2020 event you can do so using the link below.

View the 2020 Celebration of Philanthropy Program Here