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Nominees sought for Women in Philanthropy

The presence of the Southern Indiana Women in Philanthropy Regional Celebration speaks of a collaborative spirit among its hosts ‘ community foundations serving Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Orange and Washington counties.
People are touched because of the philanthropic spirit hailed as unique to Americans. So it’s a fitting theme for the third annual ‘Giving from the Heart’ brunch and program on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Caesars Indiana in Elizabeth.
Last year’s event attracted more than 500 guests, and planners expect up to 600 this year at the celebration that involves the entire region.
The public is invited to nominate outstanding women for the distinction between now and Feb. 9. An independent committee appointed by the Community Foundations of Crawford, Orange and Washington each will select its county’s recipient. The Harrison County honoree will be chosen by a joint committee of representatives of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (which serves Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties) and the Harrison County Community Foundation. An independent committee appointed by the Community Foundation of Southern will select the honorees from Clark and Floyd counties as well.
Each community foundation will supply its own nomination forms. To request a form, download it from the Web site or call the Foundation representative and steering committee member in the county of the nominee’s residence: Community Foundation of Crawford County, Bonita Embry Coots, 633-2077 or [email protected]; Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties, Jennifer Humphreys, Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, 1-812-948-4662 (or toll-free, 1-888-388-2374), or www.cfsouthernindiana.com. Additionally for Harrison County, contact the Harrison County Community Foundation, Steve Gilliland, 738-6668. Orange County Community Foundation, Imojean Dedrick, 1-812-723-4150. Washing-ton County Community Foundation, Judy Johnson, 1-812-883-7334.
The selection of each county’s Woman Philanthropist of the Year will focus on those who have a history of volunteerism with a significant and positive impact on people, organizations and the community; have inspired others by their leadership; have supported the efforts of individuals by sharing time, skills and experience; and also have financially supported entities in the community and elsewhere.
The honorees for 2007 will be announced in early March. Their philanthropic biographies will be featured at the event emceed by Melissa Swan, WHAS-TV anchor, a native of Crawford County.
Each honoree will receive a Swarovski-designed crystal brooch donated by Bob and Jean Caesar, owners of J.O. Endris Jewelers in New Albany. Major sponsors to date include the Caesars Foundation of Floyd County and the Hazel and Walter T. Bales Foundation. Hazel Bales was honored as the first Clark County Woman Philanthropist in 2005. Aebersold Florist of New Albany, Lana Aebersold owner, will again provide table and stage decorations. Allegra Printing and Imaging New Albany, Tom and Theresia Cunningham owners, have provided a grant for printing services.
The celebration will begin when doors to the Colosseum at Caesars open at 10 a.m. The extensive breakfast/luncheon buffet lines will open at 10:30, and the program will begin at 11:30. Tickets, $20 per person, will be available in March by contacting the county’s Community Foundation. Tables of 10 can be reserved and sponsored for $300.
Bonita Embry Coots again chairs the steering committee for 2007 that also includes Leslie Vidra of Floyd County. ‘Women in Southern Indiana continue to be especially generous in giving of their time, talents and financial resources. We are pleased to recognize the contributions of outstanding Indiana women and in celebrating the honorees’ accomplishments,’ Coots said.
For additional information, call the Foundation representatives: Community Foundation of Crawford County, Bonita Embry Coots, 633-2077; Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties, 1-812-948-4662 or 1-888-388-2374; Harrison County Community Foundation, 738-6668; Orange County Community Foundation, 1-812-723-4150, and Washington County Community Foundation, 1-812-883-7334.

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