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Call for Nominations ~ Sauer Charitable Leadership Award Deadline June 30, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017  
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Hendersonville, NC, May 17, 2017:   Community Foundation of Henderson County is currently accepting nominations for the Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award. The award is presented yearly by the Community Foundation at the Annual Luncheon to honor a local philanthropist who makes a difference in our community by giving of their time, talent and treasures by providing outstanding leadership through their personal philanthropic efforts.  


The Sauer Award is the only and most prestigious award presented by the Community Foundation of Henderson County.  The award, first given in 1994, is named after Richard and Vina Sauer, who generously supported many local charities in our area. 


Criteria for nominees include:  Provides outstanding leadership through personal philanthropic efforts, primarily focusing on personally engaged philanthropy; they must be living residents of Henderson County; and may not include committees, corporations or organizations.  The committee is looking for those who give beyond traditional volunteer hours to those who have made significant contributions toward raising funds for charitable projects, providing leadership to solve community problems or to meet community needs. 


Past Sauer Award recipients include Frank Ewbank, Kenneth Youngblood, Morris Kaplan, Kermit Edney, William E. “Jamie” Jamison, William “Bill” Stokes, Jr., Marcia Caserio, Eleanora Meloun, Tom and Sue Fazio, Frank Byrd, Colin E. Thomas, Dot Marlow, Duane and Peggy McKibbin, Jeff Miller, the Dr. Kathleen McGrady Family, Robert and Doris Ecklund, Teddi Segal, Marian Lowry, Dr. Stuart and Carola Cohn, Mary Garrison, Thos. R. Shepherd, Ruth B. Birge and Phyllis Rothrock.


Nominees must be living residents of Henderson County, and may not include committees, corporations or organizations.  Nomination forms are available at the Community Foundation office, located at 401 North Main Street, Suite 300 in Downtown Hendersonville or can be found on the website at Nominations are due by June 30, 2017 in the Community Foundation office.  The Community Foundation will make a $1,500 grant in honor of the recipient to the charity of the recipient’s choice.


Since 1982, the Community Foundation of Henderson County has offered people a variety of ways to touch our community through philanthropic giving.  We accept gifts from individuals, families, business and organizations to create a pool of charitable dollars from which grants are awarded to address community needs.  To learn more about the Community Foundation, call (828) 697-6224 or visit You can also find CFHC on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

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