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Philanthropists receive foundation's awards, say 'good begets good'<BR><BR>This year's honorees' efforts span rainbow of charities, organizations

Chuck and Faye Bagby have quietly contributed to local organizations for many years.

They prefer to do their good works without fanfare, but understand the need for some attention from time to time because "good begets good," believes Faye Bagby, a Prescott native.

The Yavapai County Community Foundation honored the Bagbys and Robert (Bob) Grosscup recently as "Philanthropists of the Year."

The foundation recognized the Bagbys for their support of the elderly and people with special needs.

"For more than a decade they have given financial and moral support to Adult Day Care. This support has resulted in scholarships for people unable to purchase the center's services. They also have provided matching money for more than one vehicle. The Bagbys have supported Yavapai Exceptional Industries and have been generous contributors to higher education in the community," according to their nomination.

Grosscup was recognized for contributing "his time, talent and resources to advance local non-profit organizations."

Grosscup, a Prescott resident who "escaped Chicago" 20 years ago, is a major contributor to two Prescott churches and more than 40 local charities. He is involved with the Prescott Noon Lions, Prescott Litter Lifters, Mayor's Committee for Handicapped Awareness, Memorial Society of Prescott, Feed the Hungry of Prescott, Habitat for Humanity, Yavapai Symphony Association and the Yavapai Center for the Blind.

"I'm backing off on my activities," Grosscup said laughing. "I'm 85, and it's time to slow down."

The foundation said award winners must have tangibly improved the quality of life in Yavapai County through charitable work, produced innovative solutions to community problems, and demonstrated individual involvement and commitment to charitable causes, leadership by example, giving without personal gain or benefit and with genuine caring for people.

Other award winners include:

• Phoenix Cement Company in Clarkdale – Business Philanthropist;

• James Family Trust – Founda-tion of the Year;

• Prescott Valley Soroptimist International – Community Bene-factor; and,

• Open-Inn Community Outreach Teen Peer Counselors – Youth Service Award.

Phoenix Cement Company re-ceived its honor for its annual contributions of cash and materials to local non-profit organizations, in-cluding Catholic Social Services, Old Town Mission, Rainbow Acres, Verde Valley Fair, Bread of Life Mission, Fort Verde Days, several chambers of commerce, Crossroads Youth Ser-vices, American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cottonwood and Verde Valley Concert Association.

The company also supports schools and annual scholarships.

The James Family Trust gives generously in support of human, youth services and the arts. The trust recently awarded grants to the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, American Diabetes Association, Salvation Army, St. Joseph's Hospital, the Prescott YMCA and the Phippen Museum.

Soroptimist International of Prescott Valley works with other organizations to sponsor the Pres-cott Valley Health Fair and Business and Community Showcase. Organ-ization members also sponsor scholarship programs for students and for women re-entering the workforce. Soroptimists support domestic violence and literacy programs and community issues forums. They pay for these services with proceeds from its annual Murder Mystery Dinner.

Open-Inn Community Outreach Program is a community, non-profit group that provides youth services, life skills classes, tobacco education classes and a unique employment opportunity for youth.

The core of its community outreach program is a group of teen peer counselors who are responsible for helping other teens. They in-clude: James Rivard, Prescott High School; Augustine "Augie" Molina, PHS and Excel; Crystal Marston, local artist; and Noah Badillo, Yavapai College.

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