CICF News / 2013 / October / News Post
October 30, 2013
Thomas Sheehan Family To Receive Legacy Fund’s Living Legacy Award

Thomas (Tom) P. Sheehan and wife Sondra (Soni) Sheehan have been named the recipients of Legacy Fund’s 2013 Living Legacy Award. The annual award recognizes individuals and families that have made a major impact on the quality of life in Hamilton County, and will be made during Legacy Fund’s Celebration of Philanthropy on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at The Ritz Charles. 

The Sheehans share their time and financial support with a variety of organizations and individuals and are philanthropically involved with St. Vincent de Paul in Noblesville, IN, the Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, the Sparrow Club, the Noblesville Boys and Girls Club, Riverview Hospital and many others.

Through the Thomas P. and Sondra D. Sheehan Charitable Foundation, a supporting organization of Legacy Fund, Tom and Soni Sheehan focus on improving the lives of children facing debilitating medical challenges. They provide financial support for medical treatments, prostheses, mobility devices, caregivers, education and more that children living with physical deformities and medical issues need to overcome obstacles.

“Individually and collectively, the Sheehans truly represent what it means to give back to our community,” said Terry Anker, President, Legacy Fund, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). “They are tireless in their efforts to make Hamilton County its best, and have been integral to community investments made by Legacy Fund for decades.”

The founder of Carmel Financial Corporation, Tom Sheehan’s life reads like that of a rags-to-riches character from a Horatio Alger, Jr. novel. Born in Chicago into humble circumstances, Sheehan’s early career focused on selling encyclopedias door-to-door; offering consumers credit for purchases led to the birth of Carmel Financial, a company with approximately 60 employees.

Tracey Sheehan carries on her family’s community commitment through corporate philanthropy. She is now President of Carmel Financial Corporation, which contributes annually to Good Samaritan Network’s food drive; last year the company’s employees gave 104,000 non-perishable food items to help. She also plans to lead the Sheehan Foundation in the future.

The Sheehan Family is the fifth recipient of the Living Legacy Award; past recipients include the Crosser Family, Sonny Beck and Family, Judi Campbell, M.D. and Family, and the Harger Family. The award will be made during Legacy Fund’s Celebration of Philanthropy, an annual event showcasing the county’s not-for-profits in order to highlight pressing community needs. Held at The Ritz Charles in Carmel, Celebration of Philanthropy begins at 6 P.M. with the not-for-profit showcase followed by dinner at 7 P.M.; this year’s event features a performance by the iTones Quartet.

Tickets are $90 each, and may be purchased by calling 317.843.2479, or by contacting Legacy Fund at

Read more about Legacy Fund of Hamilton County.