Philanthropy Day 2015

2015 AFP-WNC National Philanthropy Day®

 Join us in celebrating philanthropy in Western North Carolina by honoring individuals and organizations in our community at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western North Carolina Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day® Luncheon on

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Check in at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel begins at 11:30 a.m.

The celebration begins at noon.


Program prices are:

Before November 7: $315 for a table of 10, $35 for an individual ticket

After November 6: $415 for a table of 10, $45 for an individual ticket


Special Thanks to Sponsors of the 2015 National Philanthropy Day



Lenoir-Rhyne University


Park Ridge Health
First Citizens Bank
Warren Wilson College
TD Bank
CarePartners Foundation
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Pardee Hospital Foundation
Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
UNCA Foundation
Colton Groome & Company
Community Foundation of Henderson County                                                                                                                                 Four Seasons


Amanda Berk Photography


Catherine McAuley Mercy Foundation
Annie Fristchner, ACFRE
Communication Mark
Hunter-Kemper Consulting
Mountain Non-Profit Solutions
Sims & Steele
My Newsletter Builder
Carter Accounting & Consulting

Past Awardee Wells Fargo Advisors


Our 2015 National Philanthropy Day® awardees are:

Outstanding Philanthropists: Janna and Rick Lutovsky

Janna and Rick Lutovsky have made long-term and significant impacts on the Literacy Council of Buncombe County through years of philanthropy—via financial gifts, board service, sage advice, event planning and attendance, and even as volunteer fundraisers. They also support countless other organizations in our community through their gifts of time, talent, and treasure. This year alone, Rick and Janna donated to 20 different nonprofits, 13 of which are here in Western North Carolina.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Rob Pulleyn
Rob Pulleyn currently serves on four different boards focusing on the arts and alternative education. He serves on the development committee of each and is co-chair of several current capital campaigns. He believes strongly that board membership requires one to give generously and be willing to ask supporters and other board members to give “until it hurts so bad it feels good.”

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Megan Raxter
Megan Raxter is a sophomore at UNC Asheville majoring in Management with a concentration in Marketing. Megan is a 7th generation native of Hendersonville, NC and a graduate of West Henderson High School in 2014. She enjoys volunteering with the Park Ridge Health Foundation, her church First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, and is on the Johnson Family Board of Trustees. Other volunteer projects include Girl Scouts of the USA, the Miss Hendersonville Program, and Prevent Child Abuse America.

Outstanding Business in Philanthropy: Champion Comfort Experts (Owners, Ritchie & Amy Lynn Holt)
Founded in 2004, Champion Comfort Experts is a full-service heating and air conditioning company serving Western North Carolina. Owners, Ritchie and Amy Holt’s goal for their company is to always exceed their customer’s expectations. They feel very blessed and humbled at Champion’s success in this community.  They strongly feel that it is the Lord that has blessed them with this success and their heartfelt desire is to return as many blessings as possible to the community and be of service wherever they can help.

T. Kennon Roberson Award for Mgt. Excellence in Non-profit Health & Human Service Agencies: Rev. Judith Long, MNA, MDiv
Rev. Judith Long has served as the Executive Director of The Free Clinics (Henderson and Polk Counties) for over 10 years. During her tenure, The Free Clinics (TFC) has quadrupled the staff, programs, budget, and most importantly patients served. TFC also built a new facility, launched an endowment, expanded to serve a neighboring county, and now serves as fiscal agent for HopeRX program (a community collaborative addressing prescription drug abuse).

Fundraising Summit Award: United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is committed to REDUCING THE IMPACT OF POVERTY on people’s lives and STRENGTHENING OUR COMMUNITY by improving the EDUCATION, INCOME and HEALTH of our neighbors. They accomplish their goals using four key strategies: supporting high performing nonprofit programs through our Competitive Grants program; supporting youth, their families and community with the Middle School Success Initiative; connecting people to needed resources 24/7 through NC 2-1-1; and mobilizing the power of our community through Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, our volunteer center.


Our past award recipients are

Fundraising Summit Award

2014 – Dr. Olson Huff, 2011 – The Janirve Foundation, 2008 – Pat Smith, 2006 – Norman Fink and Marshall Monroe, 2003 – John Gile (Lifetime Achievement Award), 2002 – Mimi Cecil

Outstanding Fundraising Executive

2014 – Donna Ensley, 2013 – J.Donald Harris, 2011 – Linda Wilkerson, 2010 – Alex Comfort, 2009 – John Pfaff, 2008 – Anita R. Metcalf, 2007 – Ann Fritschner, ACFRE, 2006 – Michelle Garashi-Ellick, 2005 – Carla Sutherland, 2004 –  Myra Grant, 2003 – Fern Wallin McCrimmon, 2002 – Raymond Cruitt, 2001 – Bruce D. Thorsen, 2000 – Patricia S. Smith, 1999 – Mark A. Bailey, 1998 – Albert S. Gooch, Jr., 1997 – George J. Pfeiffer.

Outstanding Business in Philanthropy

2014 – Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, 2013 – Charlotte Street Computers, 2012 – State Employees’ Credit Union, 2011 – Asheville Savings Bank, 2010 – Parsec Financial Management, 2009 – Johnson, Price & Sprinkle, PA, CPA, 2008 – Carolina First, 2007 – Mast General Store,  2006 – Asheville Cardiology and Associates, 2005 – Office Environments, 2004 – Eaton Electrical, 2003 – HomeTrust Bank, 2002 – Ingles Markets, Inc., 2001 – Steelcase, Inc., 2000 – Wachovia Bank of WNC, 1999 – First Citizens Bank, 1998 – Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Outstanding Foundation

2014 -T he Glass Foundation, 2013 – Western Carolina Medical Society, 2012 – The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, 2011 – CarePartners Foundation, 2010 – Eblen Charities, 2009 – Mission Healthcare Foundation, Inc., 2008 – Community Foundation of Henderson County, 2007 – Melvin R. Lane Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, 2006 – Sisters of Mercy of NC Foundation, 2005 – Vineyard Family Foundation of Hendersonville, 2004 – New Leaf Fund, 2003 – The Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, 2002 – The Janirve Foundation.

Outstanding Philanthropist

2014 – Bill and Bonnie Kinschner, 2013 – Mack B. Pearsall, 2012 – Charles and Jody Silver, 2011 – Teddi Segal, 2010 – S.M. “Buddy” Patton (in memoriam), Marilyn Patton and Barbara Blomberg, 2009 – Don and Lisbeth Cooper, 2008 – Charles D. and Cary Owen (Charlie and Cary), 2007 – Dr. Kathleen McGrady, 2006 – Margaret and Duane McKibben, 2005 – Tina McGuire, 2004 – Mark and Teri Muir, 2003 – Paul F. Toebke, 2002 – Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ferguson, 2001 – Dr. Keith Black, 2000 – Morris and Leah Karpen, 1999 – Joel B. Adams, 1998 – Dr. and Mrs. George M. Bilbrey and James A. Cooper, 1997 – Martha Guy, 1996 – J. Wesley Jones, MD, and the Junior League of Asheville, 1995 – Adelaide Daniels Key, 1994 – Pamela Mills Turner, 1993 – John Teeter, 1992 – Raybern H. Dean.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

2014 – Greg Burnette, 2013 – Cissie Stevens, 2012 – Harry Brown, 2011 – John Hartom and Lisa Blackburn, 2010 – Richard Hurley, 2009 – Richard “Dick” Allen, 2008 – Jennie Eblen, 2007 – Janice and Joe Brumit, 2006 – Dorothy Dellenger Marlow, 2005 – Colin E. Thomas, MD, 2004 – Doris Eklund, 2003 – Brenda Nash, 2002 – Ruth and Luther Barnhardt, 2001 – Alice and Arthur Green, 2000 – James W. Stickney, IV, 1999 – Phyllis Foxx, 1998 – Hugh and Margaret (Danny) Verner, 1997 – Marcia Burton Caserio, 1996 – June Lenoci and Sue McClinton, 1995 – W. Louis Bissette, Jr., 1994 – C. Robert Bell, Jr., 1993 – Ernest Ferguson, 1992 – Glenn Wilcox.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

2014 – Samantha Davis, 2013 – Pageant Nevel, 2012 – Katy Conner, 2010 – Carter Tindall, 2006 – Anna Martin

T. Kennon Roberson Award for Management Excellence in Non-profit Health & Human Services Agencies

2014 – Mark Upright with Eliada, 2013 – Paul Vest with YMCA of Western North Carolina, 2012 – Allison Jordan with Children First/Communities in Schools, 2010 – Ellen Clarke with WCCJ, 2009 – Robin Myer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, 2008 – Scott Dedman with Mountain Housing Opportunities, 2007 – Holly Jones with YWCA of Asheville, 2006 – Jim Barrett with Pisgah Legal Services, 2005 – Celeste Collins with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of WNC/OnTrack WNC, 2004 – Lewis Kraus with Habitat for Humanity, 2003 – Toby Ives with MANNA Foodbank, 2002 – T. Kennon Roberson with Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

A note regarding the T. Kennon Roberson Award for Management Excellence in Non-profit Health and Human Services: In January 2001, after a 36-year career with the American Red Cross, T. Kennon Roberson retired from his position as Chapter Manager of the Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter. He exemplified so many qualities of outstanding leadership in his field, the Red Cross Board of Directors established an annual Award for Management Excellence in Non-profit Health & Human Services in his honor. A committee of citizens was charged with the administration of this award, which annually recognizes the valuable contributions of professional managers in non-profit health and human services agencies in Western North Carolina. Beginning in 2012, this award is presented at the Association of Fundraising Professional’s National Philanthropy Day® Awards Luncheon in November.

About National Philanthropy Day®

Initiated in 1986, National Philanthropy Day® celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals, corporations and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. The event is coordinated by local chapters of AFP and held anytime in November. Through National Philanthropy Day®, participants are able to show appreciation for all that has been accomplished in the name of giving, as well as show that there is still more to do. It’s a way to remind our local communities, our society and the world, that the spirit of giving is alive and well.