Hamilton County Community Foundation Honors “Community Pillars”

Mayor Scott Fadness, Dan Clark, Lauren Guynn to Receive Awards at Celebration of Philanthropy 

Hamilton County Community Foundation has selected three Hamilton County residents to receive its annual Community Pillar Awards. The 2019 honorees are Scott Fadness, mayor of the City of Fishers, Dan Clark, vice chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Hamilton County Campus, and Lauren Guynn, executive director for Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County. Award recipients will be recognized at the 11th annual Celebration of Philanthropy at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at Ritz Charles in Carmel. Hamilton County Community Foundation is an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

The Community Pillar Awards honor individuals or corporations doing visionary work to solve pressing challenges, build opportunity and equity, and create a brighter future for Hamilton County residents in three leadership areas—mental health, inclusive economic growth, and family and youth empowerment. The award areas represent Hamilton County Community Foundation’s key leadership initiatives for its 5-year strategic plan, announced last fall.

Mayor Scott Fadness will receive the award for mental health in honor of his citywide leadership and advocacy to address mental health and wellness in Fishers. Mayor Fadness formed and funded the Fishers Mental Health Task Force and is changing the way schools and first responders recognize mental distress.

Dan Clark will receive the award for inclusive economic growth in honor of his on-campus efforts to develop transformative partnerships between local not-for-profits and the Hamilton County Ivy Tech campus, including Gleaners Food Bank, Excel Center and Noblesville Chamber of Commerce. Clark has also implemented programs that highlight and skill-up students interested in technical education and trade certifications.

Lauren Guynn will receive the award for family and youth empowerment in honor of her leadership to create better opportunities for seniors to age in place with dignity and respect. Guynn’s creative and strategic vision launched and grew Reaching Resources, a collaborative partnership with organizations who serve seniors throughout Hamilton County.

Hamilton County Community Foundation is providing each award recipient with $5,000 to award to the not-for-profit of their choice. The chosen grant recipients will be announced at Celebration of Philanthropy on Nov. 7, 2019.

In addition to honoring significant philanthropic leaders in the community, Celebration of Philanthropy attendees will have the opportunity to meet nearly 50 not-for-profits serving Hamilton County during cocktail hour. Tickets and sponsorship information for Celebration of Philanthropy are available at HamiltonCountyCommunityFoundation.org.

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