After being named Philanthropist of the Year for his work with Lakeland Community Theatre, Bob Macey appropriately accepted his award with a dramatic poetry recitation. (See video below).
The award was one of six given this morning by the Polk County chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at a breakfast ceremony at First United Methodist Church attended by 120 people.
Macey has been the theater group’s longest-serving board member, Artistic/Managing Director Alan Reynolds said in a nominating video. He has donated to the troupe through thousands of hours of technical assistance as well as monetarily.
Macey accepted the award with a seemingly off-the-cuff, memorized rendering of the poem “It Couldn’t Be Done” by Edward Albert Guest:
Other winners were:
- Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy: Matthew Cantrall for his work with Kiwanis Stuff the Bus
- Spirit of Philanthropy: Jennifer Kincart Jonsson for her work with United Way of Central Florida
- Philanthropic Small Business of the Year: Baron Realty (Tom Petcoff and Cory Petcoff), nominated by four organizations.
- Philanthropic Corporation of the Year: The Mosaic Company for support of United Way of Central Florida
- Youth in Philanthropy: Kristen Howe, a 15-year-old Tenoroc High School student, for her work with Polk Equine Rescue
Winners, from left: top row, Cory Petcoff, Cantrall; bottom row, Howe, Jonsson, Callie Neslund of The Mosaic Company, and Macey.
Here are videos produced by Indie Atlantic Films in which nominators describe the winners:
Jennifer Kincart Jonsson
The Mosaic Company
The event, in its third year, is the local AFP chapter’s way of celebrating National Philanthropy Day. Presenting sponsor is the GiveWell Community Foundation.