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AFP Heroes named

The 2010 National Philanthropy Day nonprofit partners would like to honor the following Philanthropy Heroes. In their own unique way, each Philanthropy Hero has demonstrated a strong commitment to their community. For the time and energy they have put in strengthening Idaho nonprofits and the larger community, we thank them.

Debbie Ableman
Honored by Saint Alphonsus Foundation

The Saint Alphonsus Foundation proudly honors Debbie Ableman and the LDS Women’s Group from the Meridian North Stake for their generous support. They began sewing, knitting and crocheting items for our refugee program, Pediatrics, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and now offer support to Saint Alphonsus Behavioral Health Services and Project Haiti. Debbie’s group has gone above and beyond to serve the needs of so many patients and their families as they continue to help us make a difference in our communities. We are truly blessed by their commitment, talent and compassion.

The Bolton Family
Honored by Treasure Valley Family YMCA

Led by Kenny and Suz Bolton, the Bolton family is a philanthropic force we are so blessed to have doing so much to make the Treasure Valley a great place to live. To get one Bolton working with you is to get team Bolton mobilized for action and results. Since moving here in the late 90s, the Boltons have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Y, BSU, St. Luke’s, the Epilepsy Foundation and many other causes in the community. They have opened their beautiful home (which doubles as a sports museum) dozens of times to help leverage their generosity by getting others to join them in giving. They never have the food catered, but team up as a family to provide all homemade delicacies. In honor of their generous donation and recognition as the best cooks in town, the kitchen at the new Y Camp is called Grandma Suz’s Kitchen.

Rick Darmody
Honored by Idaho Ronald McDonald House

Rick’s involvement with the Ronald McDonald House Board began in 1996. He has served in numerous board positions, including secretary, vice president, president, and currently chairs the Grants Committee and Golf Planning Committee. Rick’s leadership helped the RMH grow to a 19-bedroom facility in 2002. He is a dedicated contributor and sponsor of House events, and as a local McDonald’s owner, facilitates the involvement and support of many of his customers and vendors.

Patsy Fedrizzi
Honored by Children’s Home Society of Idaho

Patsy has been on the Children’s Home Society Board of Directors for seven years. She completed her one-year term as president of the board of directors in July 2010. With a truly philanthropic personality and causes such as childhood adoption close to her heart, she continues to be one of the most vital and dedicated individuals to the Children’s Home Society’s mission of bettering the lives of children and the families who care for them, through providing therapeutic and behavioral health programs, regardless of ability to pay.

IWCF Grantees
Honored by Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation

The Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation would like to honor its grantees – groups and other organizations working for our community. By submitting grant proposals for worthwhile projects, committing to background work and site visits, then following through with worthwhile projects, our grantees have succeeded in making our community a better place. Just this year, IWCF funded $141,500 in pooled grants for seven projects that will greatly enrich our community (all grantees listed at IdahoWomensCharitableFoundation.org).

Judy Murray
Honored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Boise Affiliate

Judy has been an integral part of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure family since our inception. Judy was part of the original committee that helped bring the Race for the Cure series to Boise, and eventually served on the first Susan G. Komen for the Cure board of directors; she currently serves as the Grants chair. Judy has become known as one of our most loyal and dedicated volunteers. Judy’s dedication is also shown in her giving to the affiliate. During the 2010 Race for the Cure, Judy raised over $1,000 for the affiliate. Serving as the Grants chair, she knows the direct impact those dollars have on our local community.

Kathy Patrick
Honored by St. Luke’s Health System

Kathy Patrick truly embodies the selfless effort of those who support our community. Inspired by her granddaughter’s care and treatment at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Kathy has made it her personal mission to give back. For 14 years, Kathy has turned her annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Patrick’s Pub in Payette, Idaho into a fundraiser, featuring her famous homemade corned beef and cabbage. In honor of her philanthropic contributions, Kathy was awarded the 2009 Luke’s Award.

Tammie Sherner
Honored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Boise Affiliate

Tammie filled a big role for the affiliate during the 2010 Race for the Cure, serving as the Race chair. In this role she oversaw the entire race committee, but she also encouraged each of her committee members to go further than their time on the committee by fundraising for the Race. The Race Committee team raised over $6,100, with Tammie raising over $2,700 of those funds. She also went around Boise collecting auction items for our first online auction, helping the affiliate raise an extra $7,000.

Marilyn Shuler
Honored by St. Luke’s Health System

Marilyn Shuler has given graciously of her time, talent, and treasure in support of many charitable organizations. She has served on countless community boards, including the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations, the Idaho Black History Museum, City Club of Boise, Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning at Boise State University, Idaho Public Television, and Junior League of Boise. To honor her philanthropic contributions, St. Luke’s awarded Shuler the 2009 Ralph J. Comstock, Jr. Light of Philanthropy Award.

Frances Symms
Honored by Idaho Ronald McDonald House

Fran has been an outstanding board member and volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House for 20 years. She has served the organization in many roles, including leading the Board Nomination Committee and acting as secretary of the Board of Directors. Fran is a great ambassador for the mission of Ronald McDonald House and never misses a chance to share the importance of how everyone can be involved to support the families and sick children at the House.

Lisa Williams
Honored by Children’s Home Society of Idaho

Lisa is a practicing therapist who also conducts workshops and course work for undergraduate and graduate students. In 2007, Lisa founded Art Alley Inc., a nonprofit company providing art therapy programs. In 2010, a friend of Lisa’s was diagnosed with renal failure. Lisa made the quick and unequivocal decision to give one of her kidneys. Today, both women are healthy and leading active lifestyles. Lisa’s compassionate, creative and immeasurably generous acts personify the true spirit of philanthropy. The Children’s Home Society of Idaho is proud to call Lisa Williams a 2010 Philanthropy Hero.

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