Association of Fundraising Professionals—OC honored eight of the county's outstanding givers at a National Philanthropy Day today before a lunch crowd of 680 at City National Grove in Anaheim.
Among the recipients was Charles Antis, owner of Business Journal Civic 50 honoree Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, who flew in overnight from Washington, D.C., after receiving the Best Corporate Steward award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“That award (from the U.S. Chamber) really means something,” Antis said. “But so does today’s. These people here know me, they know my company”
Antis Roofing was the Mid-Size business winner.
Paul Leon and Paul Cho were Outstanding Founders.
“I don’t think anyone in this room hasn’t had a friend, a neighbor who at one time in their lives didn’t feel hopeless,” said Leon, who co-founded the Illumination Foundation in Irvine, a charity devoted to alleviating homelessness.
“I know that there’s hope is in this room.”
National Philanthropy Day was created by OC tax lawyer Doug Freeman and President Ronald Reagan, who proclaimed November 15 National Philanthropy Day in 1986. Freeman, formerly with First Foundation, is chief executive of Orange County Music & Dance in Irvine.
“It’s not often you receive an award for something you love to do,” said Laguna Beach philanthropist James Mellor a co-honoree on the day. “By doing this we give. But we also receive.”
A panel of community leaders judged more than 100 nominees.
The 2017 honorees:
• Outstanding Youth – Grace Cross
• Philanthropic Group – Women’s Philanthropy Fund of OC United Way
• Volunteer Fundraiser – Anne Shih
• Small Business – Montage Legal Group
• Mid-Size Business – Antis Roofing and Waterproofing
• Large Business – The Capital Group Cos.
• Founder – Paul Leon and Paul Cho
• Philanthropist – Suzanne and James Mellor
The Orange County Business Journal was presenting sponsor of the event.