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Dermody Properties Foundation Receives Cornerstone Award

RENO, Nev. – 2011 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon & 24th Annual Cornerstone Awards Presentation honors local philanthropists. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Sierra Chapter will host its 2011 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon & 24th Annual Cornerstone Awards Presentation at the Atlantis Hotel Casino Spa (3800 S. Virginia St., Reno) on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Luncheon will feature keynote speaker Andrew Watt, FlnstF, CEO of AFP International and author/editor of CharityChannel Press and will honor the 2011 Cornerstone Award Winners:

  • Outstanding Corporation: Eldorado Hotel Casino
  • Outstanding Foundation: Dermody Properties Foundation
  • Outstanding Philanthropists: Norma and Ranson Webster
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Caryn Swobe
  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Lauren Belaustegui Ohlin

Recipients of the award are carefully selected by a committee of previous Cornerstone Award winners.  The 2011 selection committee included Chris Askin, Community Foundation of Western Nevada; Fritsi Ericson, Founding Member of the AFP – Sierra Chapter and Former Executive Director of the Nevada Women’s Fund; Kellie George of United Federal Credit Union; Cecile Peters, Community Philanthropist; and Roy Powers, Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation.

Tickets, priced at $40 each or $400 for a table of 9, are available online at or contacting Chapter Administrator Sherry Griffin-Grundy at (775) 530) 318-3948 or  A table of 9 includes a Spirit Award winner at the table, as well as preferred seating and listing in the program booklet.

“As we strive to meet growing human needs during a time of shrinking economic resources, the role of philanthropy is more important than ever,” said AFP – Sierra Chapter President Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE.  “With the Cornerstone Awards we celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions of local fundraisers and philanthropists who have helped enrich and strengthen our community and the lives of Northern Nevadans.”

AFP is the largest community of fundraising professionals in the world and has 30,000 members in more than 200 chapters.  In his role as CEO, Andrew Watt serves on AFP Board of Directors, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada, and also leads the association’s professional staff in Arlington, VA; Toronto, Ontario; and Mexico City. Locally, AFP – Sierra Chapter has more than 90 active members from Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Truckee Meadows.  The chapter offers educational luncheons, a yearly training conference and Cornerstone Awards Luncheon as well as many other unique opportunities for members such as a mentor program.

First held in 1986, National Philanthropy Day (NPD) provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. Last year, more than 100 AFP chapters held NPD events and activities across North America, an opportunity to shine a spotlight briefly on those who give and remind our communities, our society and the world that the spirit of giving is alive and well.


Sandy Isham
Board Secretary/PR Chairperson, AFP-Sierra Chapter
Volunteers of America Northern Nevada Development & Community Relations Officer
775.322.7143; 775.560.6888 (cell);

Sherry Griffin Grundy, CFRE
Chapter Administrator, AFP-Sierra Chapter