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Foundation accepting nominees for philanthropy award

Nominations are being accepted for the Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award, presented each year by the Community Foundation of Henderson County to honor a local philanthropist who makes a difference in our community.

The Sauer Award is the only and most prestigious award given by the Community Foundation of Henderson County. The award, first given in 1994, is named after Richard and Vina Sauer, who generously supported many local charities in the area. Past Sauer Award recipients include Frank Ewbank, Kenneth Youngblood, Morris Kaplan, Kermit Edney, William E. "Jamie" Jamison, William "Bill" Stokes, Jr., Marcia Caserio, Eleanora Meloun, Tom and Sue Fazio, Frank Byrd, Colin E. Thomas, Dot Marlow, Duane and Peggy McKibbin, Jeff Miller, Dr. Kathleen McGrady Family, Robert and Doris Eklund, Teddi Segal, Marian Lowry and Dr. Stuart and Carola Cohn.
Criteria for nominees include: Provides outstanding leadership through personal philanthropic efforts, primarily focusing on personally engaged philanthropy, they must be living residents of Henderson County, and may not include committees, corporations or organizations. The committee is looking for those who give beyond traditional volunteer hours to those who have made significant contributions toward raising funds for charitable projects, providing leadership to solve community problems or to meet community needs.
Nomination forms are available at the Community Foundation office, located at 401 North Main Street, Ste. 300, Hendersonville or on our website Nominations are due by June 7, 2013 in the Community Foundation office. The Community Foundation will make a $1,500 grant to the charity of the recipient's choice.
Since 1982, the Community Foundation of Henderson County has offered people a variety of ways to touch our community through philanthropic giving. We accept gifts from individuals, families, business and organizations to create a pool of charitable dollars from which grants are awarded to address community needs. To learn more about the Community Foundation, call (828) 697-6224 or visit