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Donors and Volunteers Honored for Philanthropy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 24, 2009) The University of Kentucky joins organizations throughout the community to celebrate the spirit of giving by honoring those who give their time, talents, and resources to help others.

UK honored several donors during the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP) National Philanthropy Day luncheon in Lexington Nov. 17.

Many  colleges, programs, and groups affiliated with UK were among the not-for-profit agencies that selected an outstanding volunteer or patron to honor at the celebration.


Honorees recognized by groups affiliated with the University of Kentucky include: Margaret J. Blain , UK College of Health Sciences; the Good Samaritan Volunteer Association, UK College of Nursing;  James Albisetti, UK Honors Program; Jim Elliott, UK College of Arts and Sciences, James R. Boyd, UK Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, and Ruth Aldrich Johnson, UK Hospital Volunteer Association.


In addition, nine UK alumni were recognized by the following groups:  

Dorothy “Dot” Smith, Transylvania University; Garland H. Barr III, Blue Grass Community Foundation; Jack Cunningham, Blue Grass Community Foundation; Ralph Anderson, Kentucky Agriculture Heritage Center; Anita Britton, Lexington Humane Society; Stuart Bennett, Lexington Humane Society; Carolyn Hackworth, Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning; Warren Rosenthal, Lexington Philharmonic Society and Foundation; and Myrna Wesley, God’s Pantry Food Bank.


"The National Philanthropy Day luncheon is a wonderful opportunity to publicly recognize the individuals and groups who have given so much of their time and resources to make our university and community better," said Mike Richey, vice president for Development at UK.  

AFP, which works to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs, represents 30,000 fundraisers in more than 197 chapters throughout the world.

For more information on the AFP Bluegrass Chapter, visit