On National Philanthropy Day, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recognizes individuals and organizations whose commitment to philanthropy serves as a model for others to emulate. This year

On November 10, National Philanthropy Day (NPD), the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recognized individuals and organizations whose committee to philanthropy serves as a model for others to emulate. Barbara Oppenheim, Class XIV, recently retired president of the Guadalupe Center, was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive for her leadership in managing the expansion of Guadalupe Center and for overseeing a successful $11 million capital campaign to build the Early Child Education Center.

For the last 13 years, residents and members of Collier’s Reserve Country Club have come together to raise funds over $1.5 million for the building of Habitat homes in Collier County and have contributed more than 6000 hours of volunteer labor, making it possible for an additional 29 families to purchase an affordable home of their own. Rick Deal (Class IX) and Sandi Roth (Class XI) accepted the award for Collier’s Reserve. Each has served as a member of the Habitat team at Collier’s Reserve for the full 13 years and credit GNL friends for getting them involved.

Susan Suarez (Class VI) serves as the current president of the Everglades Chapter of AFP and presented the awards at this year’s event.