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2023 National Philanthropy Day Celebration
Comedy @ The Carlson
50 Carlson Rd
Rochester, NY 14610
Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Category: Signature Events

Thank you for joining us for this special evening!

National Philanthropy Day is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. Emceed by Norma Holland, Director of Public Relations and Engagement, Office of Equity and Inclusion, University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry.


Celebrating our 2023 NPD Honorees: 

Emerging Fundraising Leader:
Samantha Ziegler-Barniak
Associate Director of Development, Catholic Charities Family & Community Services 


Outstanding Corporation:
Bank of America 


Outstanding Foundation:
Karpus Family Foundation 


Outstanding Philanthropist:
Dr. Jack Howitt
CEO, Midland Management, LLC 


Outstanding Small Business:
Laughing Gull Chocolates 


Burton S. August, Sr. Award for Community Leadership: 
Essie Calhoun-McDavid
Chief Diversity Officer/Community Affairs Director (retired), Kodak 


Robert A Clinger Outstanding Fundraising Professional:
Gretchen Wood, CFRE 
Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Monroe Community College
Executive Director, MCC Foundation 


Multi-Generational Award
David & Alex Whitaker


As a small volunteer run organization, we rely on the support of local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Sponsoring National Philanthropy Day is an excellent way for you to give back to your community. Supporters become part of a family that shows their support for the community it serves and is a way to build meaningful connections. 


Thank you to our National Philanthropy Day Celebration sponsors! 

Manning & Napier VIP Reception sponsor



Ames Amzalak Memorial Trust | Catholic Charities Family and Community Services 

St. Ann's Foundation | St John's Foundation | Greater Giving 




Taking a look back at the NPD honorees throughout the years!

1998 2004 2010 2016
1999 2005 2011 2017
2000 2006 2012 2018
2001 2007 2013 2019
2002 2008 2014  2021
2003 2009 2015  2022





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