Four Hospice Supporters Nominated for National Philanthropy Day Awards
Four Victoria Hospice supporters have been nominated for National Philanthropy Day awards through the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Deedrie Ballard, who is on the boards of the Victoria Hospice Society and Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation has been nominated for the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award. For more than 35 years, Deedrie Ballard has juggled raising children, managing her award-winning realtor career and volunteering her time to raise more than $10 million for various charities.
Gordy and Ravinder Dodd are nominated for the Generosity of Spirit Award. They have organized and paid for annual Thanksgiving dinners for thousands of homeless people in Victoria and Nanaimo. For seven years, they have donated Christmas dinners for hundreds. Their annual Walk for Peace supported by 20 volunteers motivates hundreds of walkers to fund raise for causes, including Victoria Hospice.
Think Communications, a locally owned IT service provider who sponsors the Cycle of Life Tour is nominated for the Corporate Responsibility Award. For the last four years, Think has been a champion for The Cycle of Life Tour. Their $22,500 in sponsorship dollars have been critical to making the event possible, which has, in turn, raised more than $400,000 for end-of-life care.
Last but not least, Sophie Coburn, is nominated in the Youth in Philanthropy category. Nearly two years ago, her grandpa spent the last few weeks of his life at Hospice. Shortly after her second birthday, Sophie toured the Hospice Rooftop Garden and noticed something was missing. She returned the next day to donate a beautiful hummingbird feeder that she had received for her birthday. When Sophie was planning her carnival-themed 4th birthday party, she set up a game for her friends called Coin Drop 4 Hospice. Funds raised by her pals were matched by Sophie’s family and a total of $116 was donated to Hospice.