Sally Gray received the Spirit of Philanthropy award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the board members of the community foundation and recognizes outstanding philanthropic achievement within the Putnam County community.
"Sally Gray has been a driving force and key to much success at the Putnam County Museum, but this is only the tip of the iceburg," said Denise Sigworth, president of the community foundation. "She gives her time, talent and treasure while leading others by example and serving as an inspiration to other community donors and activists. We are very pleased to recognize Judge Gray's accomplishments and contributions with this award."
Phyllis Rokicki announced the details about the community foundation's Envision 2011 $100,000 grant initiative. Four applications have been received and the grants committee is evaluating them this summer. The winning proposal will be announced Oct. 2 at the foundation's 25th anniversary celebration.
Marjorie Secrest described a new endowment at the community foundation for the benefit of the Greencastle High School band and how it will help the band purchase instruments, equipment and provide aid for students who cannot afford to participate otherwise.
Tom Graffis talked about the community foundation's legacy society and why he is a member. The Legacy Society is a group of people who have chosen to give to a new or existing endowment through their estate planning. Sigworth recognized the scholarship winners in attendance and explained the importance of the award and how much each scholarship means to the donors who made it possible.
Steve Setchell was awarded honorary board membership at the community foundation and was recognized for his six years of board membership and leadership as chairman of the grants committee, as well as other groups during his tenure.
Dinner attendees were given the opportunity to purchase a box of chocolates donated by Treasures on the Square, giving them a one in 150 chance to win a diamond necklace donated by Mason Jewelers, a LCD television from Shuee and Sons, a set of Vera Bradley handbags and accessories donated by Sigworth and a steak dinner for two at Treasures on the Square. Ron Price won the diamond necklace. Stuart Fabe won the television and Vicki Timm won the Vera Bradley set.
Event sponsors were North Salem State Bank and Dustin Rumple Shelter Insurance. Wabash Capital sponsored Grace Aker, a harpist, and Eitel's Flowers and Gifts donated the floral centerpieces.
"We are grateful to our partners in philanthropy who helped make this evening so unique," said Sigworth.