National Philanthropy Day is the day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy has made to communities and the world.
This year’s East Texas program, Faces in Philanthropy, will celebrate philanthropy and all who work to make a difference in East Texas.
The 2012 Outstanding Volunteer, Carlton Mitchell, director of student support services at LeTourneau University, will be the first speaker.
The second speaker is Shannon Dacus, of Dacus Law Firm, who was impacted as a recipient of philanthropy in her own life growing up.
Two awards will be presented at the luncheon, the Outstanding Youth Spark Award and the Spark Award.
This commitment is dem-onstrated specifically through sustained activity over a period of time.
The individual acts as a role model for other youth in the community and generates interest in volunteerism in other groups. The winner of the Outstanding Youth Spark Award will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship for college or post-secondary education for the school of their choice. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of The University of Texas at Tyler.
The Spark Award recognizes an individual or family “with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles on a community, national and/or international level,” according to the written release.
Tickets are $20 and available online at www.afpeast texas.org or by contacting Debbie Wood at dwood@ut tyler.edu or 903-566-7411.