National Philanthropy Day 2021

AFP Triad Chapter is thrilled to announce the honorees selected as a result of the National Philanthropy Day nominations process! These outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations from across the Triad and beyond have made unmatched philanthropic contributions of their time and money which “Change the Triad with a Giving Heart.”  We also congratulate all the nominating organizations for their hard work in preparing winning applications and encourage all others whose nominees were not selected to come back next year.


We encourage the community to join us “virtually” on Monday, November 22 at 10 am to celebrate philanthropy in the Triad! Honorees and their guests will be in person, by invitation only, at the GTCC Conference Center, 7908 Leabourne Rd., Colfax, NC 27235.


Thank you for joining us!

LiveStream will begin at 10am on Monday, November 22, 2021

Congratulations to our 2021 National Philanthropy Day Award Winners!

Spirit of Philanthropy Honorees

Celebrating remarkable people selected by sponsoring organizations  for their personal generosity and community service

Sandra Romanac Broadway nominated by UNC School of the Arts

Charlie Brummit nominated by Carolina Theatre of Greensboro

Odysseus Chamis nominated by Monarch

Betty Cone nominated by ArtsGreensboro

Richard N. Davis nominated by The Winston-Salem Foundation

Chris Edwards nominated by FOX8

Mary Ruth Hord nominated by Family Services of Forsyth County

Ann Johnston nominated by IFB Solutions

Lea M. Keller nominated by Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC

Lindsay Locklear nominated by Monarch

Roslyn Smith McLean nominated by Bennett College

Jim Morgan nominated by GTCC

Christine and Michael Morykwas nominated by AARF-Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation

Pamela Pittman, MD and Ward Robinson, MD nominated by UNC Greensboro

Leslie and Guy Sanders nominated by Community Housing Solutions

Pete Schantz nominated by Leadership Winston-Salem

Linda and Marvin Scherl nominated by Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC

Simply Southern nominated by Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Pam and David Sprinkle nominated by Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Elizabeth M. Strickland nominated by Crossnore Communities for Children

Julie Tesh-Clark nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro

Dr. Robert L. "Bob" Whitley nominated by Fellowship Hall

Outstanding Philanthropist - Greensboro

Pam and David Sprinkle

Nominated by The University of North Carolina Greensboro

“Philanthropy to us is sharing our blessings, not just our financial blessings, but all our blessings-our energy, our skills, our time, and our love of life.  To those who much is given much is expected. We have been very blessed and are committed to being generous with our blessings.”

-Pam & David Sprinkle

View Pam and David's NPD video here

Outstanding Business in Philanthropy - Winston-Salem

Snob Shop and Trouvaille Home

Nominated by Family Services and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts

“Many years ago, I made a conscious decision to invest 100% of all marketing and advertising dollars with local non-profits in addition to lending any creative and operational skills that were asked of me. When I made this decision, I had no idea the impact that it would have and that it would change the course of my own life to one more rich and fulfilling than I could have imagined.”

-Anne Rainey Rokahr

Outstanding Business in Philanthropy - Greensboro

Replacements, Ltd.

Nominated by Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center and Youth Focus, Inc.

“When asked why I give, I always go back to the example of my parents. As a small child, our family of six lived in a three-room house without indoor plumbing. My mother cooked on a woodstove. Still, my dad always liked to help others, and our family shared what we had. I’ve always wanted to help others, too. I’ve never lost sight of that, and I’m grateful to be able to give.”

-Bob Page, Founder & CEO, Replacements, Ltd.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Spencer Hayes

Nominated by Victory Junction

“For me, philanthropy means sharing what you have or what you can do to provide opportunities for others.  I’ve always been encouraged to give back, but when I saw kids at Victory Junction, I really understood why philanthropy is important. Philanthropy is a way to changes lives and to make a difference in our community and our world.”    

-Spencer Hayes

Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist

Amina Jameel

Nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro

"Helping others is what makes us human. By giving to others, we end up getting so much in return. It is easy to take our blessings for granted when our basic needs are met, even though others are struggling to meet those same needs. I am inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit and want to help others achieve similar opportunities that I have been lucky enough to benefit from."

           -Amina Jameel

Outstanding Philanthropist - High Point & surrounding area

Verna and John Croom

Nominated by The Presbyterian Homes, Inc.

"I came to realize that there were more ways to lend a helping hand to charitable causes than my personal donation of money; I also could donate my time to participate in organizations that sponsored fund-raising and/or programs for the needy. Verna and I do not consider ourselves to be wealthy; however, we are thankful in our retirement years that we have the financial means to help others in need."

-Verna & John Croom

View Verna and John's NPD video here

Outstanding Philanthropist - Winston-Salem

Richard Davis

Nominated by The Winston-Salem Foundation

“Philanthropy is making a measurable difference in a person's life.Philanthropy is the removal of obstacles in the pathway to achievement.”   

-Richard Davis

View Richard's NPD video here

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization - Greensboro

Greensboro Builders Association

Nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro and Community Housing Solutions of Guilford, Inc.

Greensboro Builders Association members are involved in numerous community service projects on an ongoing basis, giving of both financial resources and in-kind contributions. Providing affordable housing in our community has always been a priority for our Association. We greatly value the partnerships we have had over the years, especially with Habitat Greensboro and Community Housing Solutions.  Projects such as Raising Roofs…Builders for Habitat and ReBuilding Hope have afforded us the opportunity to build more than 65 new homes as well as provide much needed renovations for those in need in our community.  

IDEA Award...Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access

The Winston-Salem Foundation

Nominated by Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation

IDEA Award is funded in part by member support of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy's BE the CAUSE Campaign

“We’re deeply committed to advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in our internal operations and across our work in Forsyth County, and we’re actively partnering with others to accomplish this by focusing on systems and how we’re allocating resources. Our vision for Winston-Salem’s future is a generous and trusting community where everyone is thriving, and our team is inspired each and every day in its work toward this goal.”

           -LaTida Smith, President, The Winston-Salem Foundation

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization - Winston-Salem

Miracles in Sight

Nominated by IFB Solutions

"I believe Eleanor Roosevelt said it best, ' When it's better for everyone, it's better for everyone.' "

-Dean Vavra

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Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Greensboro

Kathleen Kelly and George Hoyle

Nominated by The University of North Carolina Greensboro


"The knowledge that you are helping others is truly empowering and fulfilling. Giving to and supporting UNCG has afforded us the experience of being both personally meaningful and fun for our entire family."
-Kathleen Kelly and George Hoyle

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Winston-Salem

Carol Maurin

Nominated by Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation

"Philanthropy is an opportunity to find something in your community that is very meaningful to you and to offer whatever your gift is to that effort.  When you say “yes” to that voice calling you to embrace your chosen cause, you end up finding tremendous support for your efforts.  Before you know it, your cause becomes the cause of others.  It is contagious."

-Carol Maurin

Outstanding Fundraising Professional

Michelle Schneider

Nominated by Cone Health Philanthropy and AuthoraCare Collective – Greensboro

“Philanthropy is the simple act of humankind sharing resources to make the world a better place. Our job as fundraising professionals is to connect people and organizations with resources to a need in our community in order to help them experience the joy of giving.”

-Michelle Schneider

Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy

Elizabeth (Betty) Cone

Nominated by The Carolina Theater of Greensboro, Arts Greensboro and Fellowship Hall

"I do not get up daily and think “How can I be philanthropic today?”    But, thinking back, I think being philanthropic becomes a way of life when one does try to be caring and giving for family and for community with time, talent and treasure."

-Betty Cone

View Betty's NPD video here

Thank You to Our 2021 National Philanthropy Day Sponsors





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