Philanthropy West Virginia honors Bob Boone, Reed Byers

Reed Byers, left, and Bob Boone, right, received the 2021 West Virginia Spirit of Philanthropy Awards at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation on Tuesday from Philanthropy West Virginia President and CEO Paul Daugherty. (Photo by James Dobbs)

PARKERSBURG — Philanthropy West Virginia held a small awards ceremony at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation office Tuesday.

Philanthropy WV presented two 2021 West Virginia Spirit of Philanthropy Awards.

“The Spiritual of AP awards were started 15 years ago, to recognize, celebrate and really inspire others to be active philanthropists in our state,” said President and CEO of Philanthropy West Virginia Paul Daugherty.

The 2021 Staff Leadership Award was given to Bob Boone of the Bernard McDonough Foundation. Boone leads the McDonough Foundation in its statewide grantmaking and collaborative efforts to develop systemic, replicable solutions in focus areas like substance use disorder recovery and supporting youth in foster care. In addition to his job, Boone is involved in giving through the Parkersburg Rotary Club, the PACF investment committee, and the Boy Scouts of America.

“The award means everything to me. I just do this for a living, but I do it because I enjoy it, and collaborating with local foundations and local leaders in this area,” said Boone. “It just means everything to me. I’m very humbled to have this award.”

The 2021 Individual Philanthropist Award was given to Reed Byers, for his work as a peer recovery coach, and his volunteering with Friendship Kitchen, the Healthy Kids Running Series and more. Through GiveMore Connections and its How to Save a Life Program, Byers has worked as a peer mentor and completed many charity fundraising challenges.

Daugherty said Byers received the award for his community leadership, his impact in philanthropy, and his example as a young leader.

“This award, shows me that the heart of giving is here in Appalachia, and that with effort, the time and attention of others we’re able to create the change we wish to see in the world,” said Byers. “This award recognizes not just my effort, but the community as a whole’s effort to do good things together. So it’s been an incredible honor, I’m just amazed that someone was generous enough to nominate me for this.”

Daugherty said in addition to awards, the recipients will receive an honorary “mini grant” for a charity of choice. This will occur during the award ceremony in May 2022, the normal ceremony was postponed due to COVID-19.

James Dobbs can be reached at jdobbs@newsandsentinel.com.


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