Celebrating Hamilton County’s Philanthropy

-by Shanna Young
community investment officer for Legacy Fund, the Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate serving Hamilton County

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to transform the lives of people and have an impact on the world. As the community investment officer for Legacy Fund, the community foundation serving Hamilton County. I get to do just that, every day. It is rewarding to work directly with not-for-profit organizations, civic leaders, residents and other members of Hamilton County doing incredible work in our community.

Each day, I get to be the change I want to see in the world. Each day, I get to work with individuals that share in my dedication and passion to improving the lives of others – how awesome is that?

And this year, on Nov. 8, Legacy Fund has the honor of highlighting and celebrating individuals and groups working hard to make Hamilton County an incredible place for everyone to live at our 10th annual Celebration of Philanthropy on Thursday, Nov. 8. I’m especially looking forward to this year’s event because it includes a meet and greet with 47 local not-for-profit organizations serving Hamilton County and recognizes three recipients of the Legacy Fund Community Pillar Awards, nominated and chosen by members of the community.

Each day, I get to be the change I want to see in the world.

At the not-for-profit showcase, you’ll meet some of the organizations that assist countless individuals and families on a daily basis in Hamilton County. These are the organizations I get to spend my days working alongside. They provide resources and support that allow individuals and families to fulfill their dreams, protect them from harm, and nurture and heal minds, bodies and souls. These organizations provide programs and services that give residents of Hamilton County the ability and opportunity to live a positive and productive life.

When the not-for-profit showcase concludes, guests will enjoy dinner while we celebrate and honor three individuals doing visionary work to solve pressing challenges, build opportunity and equity, and create a brighter future for Hamilton County residents in three leadership areas—college readiness and success, family success and inspiring places. They each will receive $5,000 from Legacy Fund to grant to a not-for-profit organization of their choice. This year’s three Legacy Fund Community Pillar Award recipients are:

FAMILY SUCCESS: Judge Steven R. Nation, judge of the Hamilton County Superior Court No. 1 and founder of the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program
-Judge Nation’s program connects youth and their families to resources and opportunities countywide.

COLLEGE READINESS AND SUCCESS: Freedom Kolb, special projects officer for Hamilton Southeastern Schools
Kolb leads an innovative approach to student-focused learning, equity and inclusion, mental health and school counseling.

INSPIRING PLACES: Brenda Myers with Hamilton County Tourism
Hamilton County Tourism, led by Myers, focuses on community placemaking that attracts visitors while also making Hamilton County better for those that live here.

This event is the perfect opportunity to connect all of the dots—to celebrate the work that is being done in the community with the community. Celebration of Philanthropy begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at Ritz Charles in Carmel.

Tickets can be purchased at legacyfund.org until Nov. 1.

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