WAPPINGERS FALLS – The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFPMHV) celebrated National Philanthropy Day by honoring six individuals and organizations for their impact on the community. The event drew over 150 high-level fundraising professionals from around the Hudson Valley, including Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Rockland and Sullivan counties.
The day began with educational presentations by Changing Our World, NY Council of Nonprofits, and The Osborne Group, Inc. followed by an awards luncheon at the Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls, NY. This is the sixth year the National Philanthropy Day luncheon has been held in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
This year’s top philanthropists are: Sandy Arteaga (Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer), Stewart’s Shops (Corporate Philanthropy), Sue Sywetz Sullivan (Outstanding Fundraising Professionals), Dutchess Community College Student Government Association (Outstanding Collegiate Philanthropy), Natasha Vega (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy), Frederick Osborn III and Anne Todd Osborn (Outstanding Philanthropist).
Each of the AFPMHV’s top philanthropists for this year has made a major difference to non-profit organizations in the Hudson Valley, whether it’s a local corporation contributing over $16 million to local non-profit programs or a teenagers raising over $107,000 to help support children and young adults around the world.
Event organizers say it’s important to give thanks to those who make an impact on the community, regardless of the size of their organization.