Residents honored with Philanthropic Leadership Award

On Thursday, Sept. 20 the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) honored 15 individuals, including Shelburne residents Fred Hackett, Barbara W. Snelling, and Sallie Soule, with the Philanthropic Leadership Award at its 25+1 Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. Established in 2006 and given every five years, the award honors people who have made an impact in Vermont through their passion for philanthropy and commitment to building healthy and vital Vermont communities. In 2011, the Community Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary and had planned to honor its founding directors and president with the award, but the Anniversary Celebration was canceled due the Foundation’s focus on Tropical Storm Irene recovery efforts.

The Community Foundation was pleased to present the awards at this year’s 25+1 Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting, which was attended by more than 400 guests. The highlight of the event was honoring the group of people who made the work of the Community Foundation possible. Lois McClure, the 2006 Philanthropic Leadership Award recipient, was in attendance and helped present this year’s awards.

The award recipients included: James Antell Sr. of Grantham, New Hampshire; Richard Chapman of South Burlington; Fred Hackett of Shelburne; David Rahr of Old Lyme, Connecticut (Founding President); Thomas P. Salmon of Rockingham; Barbara W. Snelling of Shelburne; Sallie Soule of Shelburne, and R. Marshall Witten of Manchester Center. The posthumous recipients included: Thomas M. Debevoise, David Gamper, Robert T. Gannett, Robert S. Gillette, John Hunter Jr., Louise R. Swainbank, and Hilton A. Wick.

Front Row, left to right: Sylvia Eaton (accepting for John Hunter Jr.), Ann Debevoise (accepting for Thomas M. Debevoise), Barbara W. Snelling, Sallie Soule, VCF President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay, Middle Row, left to right: Lois McClure, Gisela Gamper (accepting for David Gamper), Anne Brooks (accepting for Louise R. Swainbank), Marilyn Mayo (accepting for Robert S. Gillette), Elizabeth Robinson (accepting for Fred Hackett), Back Row, left to right: David G. Rahr, James Antell Sr., R. Marshall Witten, Richard Chapman, and VCF Board Chair Staige Davis.

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