Jun 8, 2017
The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty will host the first of what will be an annual speaker series, Leadership Through Philanthropy, on Thursday June 8th at the Holiday Inn Centre Park in West Chester. Heather Abbott, survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon attack, is scheduled to headline the evening as keynote speaker. The Foundation will award the Patricia F. Alderson Philanthropist of the Year Award to local philanthropists Bill and Jenny McCloy, and present the findings of its recent Community Needs Assessment.
The theme of the event is intended to highlight the impact of philanthropy, bringing it to the forefront of community dialogue.
“We are excited to celebrate charitable giving with Leadership Through Philanthropy,” said Community Foundation president and CEO Erin Clemons. “Our hope is that the event will be inspirational, and generate discussion about how local philanthropy can make a positive impact in West Chester and Liberty Township.”
After losing her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Heather Abbott created the Heather Abbott Foundation which helps provide customized prostheses to those who have suffered limb loss through traumatic injury, with a special focus on women and young girls. She shares her story of resilience following tragedy, inspiring fellow amputees and others to make a difference and live a meaningful life despite obstacles.
Patricia F. Alderson Philanthropist of the Year Award
The Patricia F. Alderson Philanthropist of the Year Award was established in 2015 in honor of the Community Foundation's founder and Board Chair Emeritus, Patti Alderson. The award is presented annually to a local philanthropist who has shown exceptional dedication to improving the community through time, talent, and treasure. The 2016 recipients, Bill and Jenny McCloy, are supporters of many impactful organizations and programs, and have made a significant difference through their work to support adults with disabilities in the Cincinnati area.
Community Needs Assessment
The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty is nearing the completion of a 6-month needs assessment process, the results of which will be announced at the Leadership Through Philanthropy event. The final Community Needs Assessment Report will outline opportunities in the region where philanthropy can create meaningful results. Following a Community Needs Summit held in December, the three identified areas of focus are local transportation and accessibility, education, and workforce development.