Celebration of Community

2017 Celebration of Community Event

The North Georgia Community Foundation hosted a Celebration of Community Event on October 12, 2017 at the Gainesville Civic Center. The evening consisted of a conversation with Doug Ivester, Retired Chairman & CEO, Coca-Cola Co. and Hometown Philanthropist. We also honored two philanthropy award receipients.

Dr. Jack Burd, Mr. & Mrs. Doug Ivester, Mr. & Mrs. Philip Wilheit

Mr. & Mrs. Doug Ivester & Anne Brodie Hill, artist (Presentation of Montage)

2017 Philanthropy Award's

Dr. Buddy Langston & Callie Flack

Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award

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

Dr. Buddy Langston was the 2017 Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award recipient.

Past Recipients

2016: Jim Moore
2015: Paul Maney
2014: Don & Pat Pirkle
2013: Kevin Price
2012: Woodrow Stewart, posthumously

Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist Award

This award was created in 2016 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 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 40.

Callie T. Flack was the 2017 Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist Award recipient. 

Past Recipient

2016: Brett Fowler

Thank You to our 2017 Celebration of Community Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor



Premier Sponsors


 Mr. and Mrs. John Morgan, Sr.

Supporting Sponsors



Table Sponsors

Don and Dot Pirkle


Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce

Bobbie and Dallas Gay

University of North Georgia Mike Cottrell College of Business

Jim Walters Management Company

Mrs. Janelle Whalen

M. Douglas and V. Kay Ivester Foundation, Inc.

Jackson EMC

Longstreet Clinic

Strother and Cindy Randolph

Danny and Lynda Askew

Philip and Mary Hart Wilheit

Nancy and Frank Norton, Jr.

David and Daphne Murray

Stewart, Melvin, & Frost LLP

Turner, Wood, & Smith Insurance

Milton Martin Honda

Wayne Capital

Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker LLP



Impacting Communites in North Georgia & Beyond

The Community Foundation serves our 15 county North Georgia region and beyond, encouraging philanthrophy, supporting nonprofits and giving donors a way to improve the quality of life in our region for this and future generations.

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