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Philanthropy West Virginia presents five awards

CHARLESTON — President and CEO of Philanthropy West Virginia Paul D. Daugherty, along with members and board members, presented the state’s highest award in philanthropy on Tuesday by hosting three smaller award presentations in three West Virginia cities.

“Every day in West Virginia should be Giving Tuesday,” said Daugherty. “West Virginians are naturally generous and philanthropic in so many ways so we take this occasion of the National Giving Tuesday to celebrate those who are outstanding examples of generosity and leadership by awarding the 2021 WV Spirit of Philanthropy Awards.”

Philanthropy WV had to postpone its annual West Virginia Spirit of Philanthropy Awards Ceremony in October due to rising COVID cases. In the interim, the organization hosted these three smaller award presentations with plans to host a proper celebration of the honorees in May 2022 as part of Philanthropy WV’s Annual Conference & Members Meeting.

In addition to two people recognized in Parkersburg — Bob Boone and Reed Byers — other awards were also presented.

In Morgantown, the 2021 WV Spirit of Philanthropy Lifetime Achievement in Individual Philanthropy Award was presented to Major General Kenneth D. Gray.

“General Gray is an incredible West Virginian, philanthropist, veteran, and leader contributing his time, talent, and treasure to so many important causes in our state,” said Daugherty.

In Charleston, the 2021 WV Spirit of Philanthropy Critical Impact Award was presented to the Charleston Creativity Connections.

“The collaborative work of Charleston Creativity Connections has fostered economic growth through the arts for downtown Charleston. It is a wonderful model for other West Virginia and Appalachian cities to replicate,” said Daugherty.

Earlier in October, Philanthropy West Virginia presented the 2021 WV Spirit of Philanthropy Corporate Responsibility Leader to the Elm Grove store of Riesbeck’s Food Markets. The Elm Grove store donates more than 1,800 pounds of food each week to serve those most in need.

“Particularly in the past year and a half, food donations have become a lifeline for the most vulnerable, and this local Riesbeck’s team has been extraordinary,” said Daugherty.

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