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Foundation Grant Funds Citizen Awards Presented at National Philanthropy Day

November 5, 2012 | News

Foundation Grant Funds Citizen Awards Presented at National Philanthropy Day

Honors recognize Central Floridians’ Fundraising Efforts

A grant by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation will fund two awards presented at the Association of Fundraising Professional’s National Philanthropy Day event. The David R. Roberts Youth in Philanthropy Award will honor Ben Watson, a Central Florida 16-year-old who, after his own cancer diagnosis at age 14, has raised more than $75,000 to fight pediatric cancer. The H. Clifford Lee Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Margaret Guedes, CEO and Founder of Kids Beating Cancer, which has raised more than $9 million over the last twenty years. The awards were presented at a ceremony and breakfast that took place at The Ritz Carlton, Orlando Grande Lakes on November 15.

David Odahowski, president of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation explains, “David R. Roberts and H. Clifford Lee were the first two Presidents of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and were notable for their leadership in Florida’s history of philanthropy. Both gentlemen were often fond of saying that the philanthropic impulse is part nature and part nurture. It is only fitting that their contributions to the greater good will be recognized by two awards, one honoring a young philanthropist and one honoring a lifetime devoted to philanthropy.”

The Foundation’s grant, a 3-year commitment, helps to underwrite costs associated with the awards banquet, and also provides $5,000 for the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and $1,000 for the Youth in Philanthropy Award Winner to donate to the charity or organization of his or her choice. “We’re pleased to partner with the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation to honor these outstanding individuals. On National Philanthropy Day, we recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—have made to our lives, our communities and our world. Mr. Watson and Ms. Guedes embody that philanthropic spirit,” says National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair, Daniel Samuels.