2024 Evening of Generosity

Thursday, October 10, 2024, Hilton Columbus/Polaris Hotel

Recognize Outstanding Members in Your Community!

The Delaware County Foundation’s Evening of Generosity Awards recognizes exceptional philanthropic and volunteer contributions in Delaware County. Please CLICK HERE and use the form provided to nominate a person, business or group you believe demonstrates a passion for serving Delaware County. Nominations are due by March 31, 2024.

*Please note that if you previously made a nomination using this system, then you will already have an account and need to click on “returning applicant” in the link. If you did not previously nominate, then you will need to click on “apply”.

Outstanding Business:

Demonstrates outstanding sustained commitment to building a culture of civic and charitable engagement through financial support and the creation of a corporate culture that encourages and motivates employees to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community service.

Outstanding Volunteer:

Demonstrates excellence in volunteer service, leading to significant improvements in the quality of life in our community. This individual demonstrates exceptional leadership in recruiting, motivating, and coordinating volunteers, devotes great time and effort to advancing volunteerism, and has shown deep commitment to voluntary action to address community needs.

Outstanding Youth or Youth Group:

An individual youth (up to and including 21-year-olds) or youth group that demonstrates outstanding sustained commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through the work for others in the community and encourages interest in volunteerism and philanthropy.

Spirit of Philanthropy Award:

An individual or family that demonstrates exceptional personal generosity through decades of significant civic and charitable contributions, whose leadership has encouraged others in philanthropic roles, and who has established a legacy of giving.

2023 Evening of Generosity Photo Gallery

Thank you to our sponsors and guests we enjoyed spending the evening with you. Photos by Mallory Made Media and Klatte Photography

2023 Evening of Generosity Honorees


Outstanding Volunteer

Sue Allen has been a volunteer and docent at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for the last 40 years. She recruited others to get involved and shared her love and knowledge of animals and the importance of conservation. She is the editor of the newsletter, developing the docent program from 100 volunteers to 500 currently and improving the visitor experience. Sue is an ambassador for the community, providing recommendations to out-of-town guests about the amenities our community has to offer.

Outstanding Business

GREIF has the commitment to build a better tomorrow by giving back to our communities today. In accordance with The Greif Way, they strive to create a culture that supports the common good by using their financial and human resources to support charitable organizations that focus on education, health, and social services. In recent years, Greif has been a supporter of numerous organizations in the community including, The Ohio Wildlife Center, The Delaware Historical Society, Stratford Ecological Center, SourcePoint, Recreation Unlimited, Turning Point, People In Need, Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County, The United Way of Delaware County, Main Street Delaware, The Rutherford B Hayes Statue, and The Delaware County Foundation. Since 1951 Greif has truly made our community a better place to live, work and play.

Outstanding Youth

Tristan Cayce a junior at Olentangy High School chosen for his volunteer contributions to Blessings in a Backpack. He has served over 870 students in over 8 years in multiple roles, ranging from packaging and distribution to grant writing. His demonstration of commitment, purpose, and courage in the service of others is inspirational.

Spirit of Philanthropy

Marilyn Johnson Masters passed away in December 2021, but during her lifetime she led a life of exemplary service. She was an active volunteer, serving as a 4-H leader to hundreds of children, the President of Buckeye Valley Teachers Association, President of the Delaware County District Library Board, and served on the Grandy Hospital Foundation Board. She raised over 14 million dollars from nearly 4,000 donors for the Ohio State University 4-H Center. Marilyn had a passion for education and believed strongly that the community’s future depends on how well we prepare our young people. She created four scholarships with the Delaware County Foundation and at least two others at The Ohio State University. She truly demonstrated a spirit of philanthropy.

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Outstanding Volunteer Sponsor

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Signature Cocktail Sponsor

Del-Co Water

Diamond Sponsors

American Electric Power Foundation
The Copeland Family
First Citizens National Bank
GFS Chemicals, Pamela & Steel Hutchinson
Greif, Inc.
Huntington Bank
Nickolas Savko & Sons, Inc.
Newman Roofing
Tracy and Andrew MacDowell
Trucco Construction
The Robert Weiler Company
Women Giving Together

Gold Sponsors

  • BIA of Central Ohio
  • Bridges, Jillisky, Weller & Gullifer, LLC,  Matt & Julie Weller
  • Corient, Budros, Ruhlin & Roe, Inc.
  • Marlene A. Casini
  • Columbus State Community College
  • DGD Group
  • Epcon Communities, Inc.
  • Mary Howard in tribute to Sharing is Caring Community Free Store
  • IceMiller
  • Kernan Insurance 
  • Kensington Wealth Partners, Ltd., Paula & Steve Tarpey
  • Kephart Fisher LLC
  • Manos, Martin & Pergram Co., LPA
  • Jane & Bryan Martin
  • Meade & Associates
  • Minuteman Press of Dublin & Lewis Center
  •  Mount Carmel Health
  • Northstar Community by Nationwide Realty Investors & Robert Weiler Company
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Olentangy River Brewing
  • Orthopedic ONE, Dr. Joseph & Colette Mileti
  • PPG Industries
  • Price Farms Organics, Ltd.
  • Schottenstein Real Estate Group
  • Stifel – The Yen Group
  • Stratos Wealth Partners, Susan Robenalt & Bob Hays
  • Jim and Karen Waters
  • ToolMatics, Inc., Albert & Mindy Valko
  • Triad Architects
  • Michael and Louise Weiner
  • Wilcox Communities

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