Celebration of Community

Celebration of Community Event

The North Georgia Community Foundation hosted a Celebration of Community Eventon Oct. 12, 2017 at the Gainesville Civic Center. The evening will consist of a conversation with Doug Ivester, Retired Chairman & CEO, Coca-Cola Co. and Hometown Philanthropist. Also honoring other hometown heroes.




Platinum Sponsor



Premier Sponsors


Supporting Sponsors

Philip & Mary Hart Wilheit 




Table Sponsors

Walter & Winkie Boomershine – Brenau University

Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce - Electronic Sales Company 

Paul & Glenna Maney - Mike Cottrell College of Business - Don Pirkle – Kevin S. Price, CFP, CIMA

Radial Property Group - The Randolph Family/The Askew Family 

The Strong, Gaddy, Lee Wealth Management Group

Stewart, Melvin & Frost, LLP - Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles, P.A.

Turner, Wood, & Smith/Milton Martin Honda - The University of North Georgia Foundation

Jim Walters Management Company - Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker, LLP 

Thank you to Matthews Printing for providing the agenda/program

and to Jacobs Media for being a Media Sponsor.

Philanthropy Award's

The North Georgia Community Foundation (NGCF) will present 2016 Philanthropy Awards at the Celebration of Community event which include the Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award and the Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist Award.

Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award

This award was created to honor the legacy of Woodrow W. Stewart, who was a driving force in our community with a deep devotion to humanitarian efforts. Nominees for this award should possess Woody's unwavering dedication to providing leadership in support of philanthropic causes important to the community and should demonstrate strategic and business-minded approaches to addressing community issues.  This attitude is what distinguishes philanthropy from charity and defines the Woody Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award.

2016 Recipient is Jim Moore.  Moore is a longtime community volunteer offering his leadership to countless organizations in the region. Although his volunteer leadership spans organizations including Brenau University, Gainesville First United Methodist Church, United Way of Hall County, the Hall County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Chattahoochee District of Boy Scouts of America, and the North Georgia Community Foundation, Moore has dedicated much of his volunteer service to The Medical Center Foundation and Northeast Georgia Health System. In fact, Woody Stewart, for whom the award is named, hand-picked Moore as his successor as chairman of The Medical Center Foundation, and Moore stepped up to fill the role without hesitation. Since he assumed the chairman position in 2012, Moore has led the charge of securing $15 million to benefit numerous hospital and community projects through the Healthy Journey Campaign.

Past Recipients

2015: Paul Maney
2014: Don & Pat Pirkle 
2013: Kevin Price
2012: Woodrow Stewart, posthumously

Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist Award

This new award was created to honor the legacy of Gus Whalen, a true visionary in our community and throughout the North Georgia region. Gus once said "Many people think that philanthropy is for rich people, but real giving is done by people with modest means who have a heart for giving their time and skills." Nominees for this award should possess the desire to enhance the quality of life in local communities through their volunteer service. Nominees for this award are required to be between the ages of 18 and 30.

2016 Recipient is Brett Fowler. As a Hall County native, Fowler is dedicated to making his hometown the best place to work and raise a family. Since graduating from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and moving back home in 2008, Fowler has been an active member of the Gainesville-Hall County community serving on many civic and nonprofit boards. His community involvement includes the Gainesville Jaycees, United Way of Hall County, Main Street Gainesville, Georgia Mountain Food Bank, Gainesville First United Methodist Church, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, and many other organizations.  



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