The Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara and Ventura County Chapter announced this year’s National Philanthropy Day honorees including Keets and Hugh Cassar for Philanthropists of the Year, Ventura County; Tina and Andy Killion for Volunteers of the Year, Ventura County; and Interface Children & Family Services’ Youth Advisory Board for Youth in Philanthropy at their recent luncheon.
“One of the most amazing things about living in our community is the generosity of those who live here. The people of our community truly care. They are dedicated and compassionate. The Association of Fundraising Professionals is honored to recognize and celebrate this year’s outstanding National Philanthropy Day honorees. These individuals and organization are making a difference in our community with their time, talent, and treasure,” says Elaine K. Mah Best, President, AFP Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Chapter.
Celebration and Awards Luncheon recognizing all of the honorees and celebrating National Philanthropy Day were held on Thursday, November 17 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. In addition to recognizing the generous philanthropy in our region, the chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary. Norbert Tan, Executive Director, Ventura College Foundation, served as Master of Ceremonies.
The Killions have served as leaders for this Caregivers signature fundraising event for each of the 15 years since its inception. Their enthusiasm and dedication has helped . . . supply Ventura County seniors with resources and social and personal support, allowing them to stay in their homes and continue useful and satisfying lives.
Andy and Tina Killion grew up in our waterfront community and have raised their family here. Andy’s lifelong passion for boating inspired him to create a Spectacle of Sails and Boats right off our beautiful Ventura Pier in order to bring attention to the important work of the Caregivers Organization. Caregivers serves hundreds of Ventura County seniors by responding to the important needs of homebound and frail elders. Andy and Tina left their corporate careers in 2005 to purchase and operate Anchors Way Marine Centers in Ventura and Channel Islands Harbors. Since wrapping up their boat yard adventures they have both returned to their former careers.
National Philanthropy Day is the occasion each year when thousands of people around the world come together to celebrate giving, volunteering, and charitable engagement, thus raising awareness of the role of philanthropy in our society. Here in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties it is a special day each November when we pay tribute to our own – exemplary local philanthropists, organizations, and professionals who give so generously of their time, talents, and financial support, making our community a better place for us all.