Winston-Salem, High Point, Greensboro, NC — The Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has announced its final selections for the 2018 National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Awards.

Recipients represent the highest example of philanthropy, volunteerism, and fundraising leadership in the three-city region of North Carolina.

Awards will be presented at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Monday, November 19. Presented by FOX8 (WGHP Television) and the AFP Triad Chapter, the event will take place at the Grandover Resort (1000 Club Rd, Greensboro, NC 27407) from 11:30-1:00 p.m.

The 2018 Honorees Are:

Bill Benton
Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy
Nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County and Senior Services

Mary Gorrell Jones and Sarah Swain Gorrell (posthumously)
Outstanding Philanthropist – Greensboro
Nominated by Cone Health Institutional Advancement and Cone Health Cancer Center

Ann and Vann York 
Outstanding Philanthropist – High Point
Nominated by YWCA High Point

Karen Buxton
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – Greensboro
Nominated by Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro

Patty Brothers
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – Burlington
Nominated by Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation and Little Pink Houses of Hope

VF Foundation
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization – Greensboro
Nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro and Family Service of the Piedmont

Women’s Council of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization – Winston-Salem
Nominated by Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation

Crumley Roberts Attorneys at Law
Outstanding Business in Philanthropy – Greensboro
Nominated by Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro

Landmark Builders
Outstanding Business in Philanthropy – Winston-Salem
Nominated by Leadership Winston-Salem

Carolyn Breese, CFRE
Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, Second Harvest Food Bank, Hospice & Palliative CareCenter and Komen Race for the Cure

Jessica Spencer
Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist
Nominated by The Parenting PATH

Julianna Rieker
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
Nominated by Crossnore School & Children’s Home

National Philanthropy Day is celebrated in more than 500 locations across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Last year at the 25th Anniversary celebration of NPD, more than 400 guests gathered to honor community philanthropy and recognize top volunteers and fundraisers from Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem for their significant impact on the quality of life in the Triad.

The Philanthropy Day Luncheon is open to all individuals, businesses and organizations in the region. In addition to the 2018 recipients, table sponsors will also recognize individuals with the Spirit of Philanthropy award for organizational support.

For additional information about the 2018 National Philanthropy Day event, the nomination process, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Triad Chapter National Philanthropy webpages, or contact NPD Co-Chairs Brandon Cathey at or Laurie Weaver at, Chapter President Dale Melton at or Administrator Jean Krapfel at

Chartered in 1991 the NC-Triad Chapter of the AFP promotes the highest professionalism and accountability in philanthropic fundraising. Members are distinguished by altruistic service to the mission of their organization. With more than 100 active members, NC Triad AFP hosts monthly topic luncheons and an annual conference. Its membership network offers an impressive depth of industry expertise and peer support.