Celebration of Community

NGCF’s annual Celebration of Community event is an opportunity to gather as a community to honor individuals & groups dedicated to making a lasting difference in the lives of others.

2018 Celebration of Community

The North Georgia Community Foundation hosted a Celebration of Community event on Monday, October 29 2018 at The Dillard House in Dillard, Georgia. We enjoyed a wonderful evening celebrating the philanthropic efforts of amazing people doing amazing works in Rabun County.

See more pictures from the event on our Facebook page.

Philanthropy Awards

Each year the Community Foundation presents Philanthropy Awards at the Celebration of Community event. These two distinguished awards recognize people who are passionate about serving others and making significant contributions to make our community better.

This year we proudly recognized The Lake Rabun Association as the 2018 recipient of the Woodrow Stewart  Leadership in Philanthropy Award and Mr. Chris Clay as the 2018 recipient of the Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist Award.

We invite you to view these videos below to learn more about our 2018 award recipients as well as a special video made by Rabun County High School students and counselors that features testimonials from past LRA scholarship students.

Thank You to our
2018 Celebration of Community Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Premier Sponsor

Premier Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Table Sponsors

Rick and Lyn Asbill
Glenn Cohen and Lynn Pattillo
Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce
Tim and Jamie Darrah
Ron and Lisa Hinson
Frank and Nancy Norton
Robert & Anita Pittman/Bill & Leckie Stack
Steven and Carol Raeber
Greg and Laura Rhodes
Dwight and Mary Shannon Scott
Wayne Capital
Philip and Mary Hart Wilheit

Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award

This award, established in 2012, honors the legacy of Woodrow Stewart, a driving force for our community. 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.


Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist Award

Created in 2016 to honor the late Gus Whalen, a true visionary in Hall County and throughout north Georgia, this award recognizes individuals between 18 and 40 investing in their local community through volunteer service.


Have a Question?

If you have any questions regarding the event or sponsorships, contact Megan Martin at or 770-535-7880.

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