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7-15-14 Adventist Philanthropy Leaders Honored at Awards Luncheon
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by Julio Muñoz

 
 
Adventist Philanthropy Award winners, l to r, Garwin McNeilus, Dr. Myron Krueger, Dr. Ramona Clark, Award Keynote Speaker Lois E. Peters, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America Dan Jackson, Dr. Jack Blanco, and Trailblazer Award-winner Carolyn Hamilton CFRE. (Photo by Julio Muñoz)
 
 

At a recent awards luncheon which closed out the 2014 Conference on Philanthropy, Philanthropic Services for Institutions (PSI) and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America honored five individuals for their visionary leadership and support of the mission of Adventist Institutions around the world.
 
The volunteers were honored at the Trailblazer and Adventist Philanthropy Luncheon on June 26 in Baltimore. The event was attended by nearly 350 fundraising professionals and nonprofit leaders. Each honoree was introduced by the person who nominated him or her for the award.
 
For demonstrating creativity, initiative, and providing consistent professional leadership in the area of philanthropy throughout her career, Carolyn Hamilton, CFRE, vice president for philanthropy at Loma Linda University Health, was awarded the Milton Murray Trailblazer in Philanthropy Award. The award was presented by her colleagues and 2011 Milton Murray Trailblazer award-winner Rachelle Bussell, senior vice president for advancement at Loma Linda University Health.
 
Hamilton was joined onstage by three other Trailblazer award winners and was surprised by her husband who also joined her onstage to share the celebratory moment.
 
Dr. Olen Netteburg, a missionary physician in the African nation of Chad and a regional director for Adventist Health International, made an emotional presentation to Garwin McNeilus, president of One Day Church Project, Inc., who was awarded the Adventist Philanthropy Leadership Award for Supporting Ministry.
 
“I don’t have to worry about chasing down my donor to tell him my needs,” Netteburg said. He became emotional as he described how McNeilus went above and beyond the typical involvement of a philanthropist, often waking Netteburg in the middle of the night with an idea for solving a problem at Bere Adventist Hospital where Netteburg and his wife serve as primary care physicians. He spoke of his gratitude to McNeilus for his philanthropic support and ideas, which helped to strengthen the mission of the hospital.
 
The Adventist Philanthropy Leadership Award for K-12 Educations was presented to Dr. Ramona Clark, a radiologist and longtime supporter of Monterey Bay Adventist Academy. Charlotte Henderson, director of development at the coastal California school, nominated and presented her with the award.
 
Dr. Myron Krueger, a doctor of internal medicine for Parkview Medical Associates, received the Adventist Leadership Award for Healthcare, presented by Bob Cundiff, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Northern New England.

 
Dr. Jack Blanco, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, in his acceptance speech, giving credit for all he had done to God.  (Photo: Julio Muñoz)
 
 
The recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award was Dr. Jack Blanco, professor emeritus of religion at Southern Adventist University. It was presented to him by Christopher Carey, vice president of Advancement at the university, for Dr. Blanco’s life-long commitment to the vision and mission of Adventist Institutions and in recognition of the lives that were influenced by his years of service.
 
Blanco, clearly humbled by the award, pointed upward as he began his remarks, reminding attendees that the credit for all he had done belonged to God.
 
During her keynote address during the awards luncheon, Lois E. Peters, a philanthropist and president of At Home Pediatric Nursing Team, challenged other philanthropists to lead by example to inspire and encourage more charitable contributions to Adventist Institutions.
 
Addressing the honorees and conference attendees at the awards luncheon, she said, “We need [philanthropists] to teach us to know what we’re able to give. God’s wealth is bigger than you can imagine. All of you philanthropists go out today and bless somebody.”
 
 
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