Originally Published: November 1, 2008 10:52 p.m.
The Yavapai County Community Foundation will recognize Ken Hinderleiter as its Philanthropist of the Year and the Margaret T. Morris Foundation as the foundation's Philanthropic Leadership Award winner at YCCF's Joy of Giving event and 15th anniversary celebration in November.
Also winning recognition are Jessica Ksenzulak, Prescott Valley True Hardware and the Prescott Noon Lions Club for providing philanthropic services to Yavapai County. All the award recipients will receive a $1,000 award from YCCF to the nonprofit of their choice.
YCCF named Ken Hinderleiter as Philanthropist of the Year for his years of generosity towards multiple nonprofits in Arizona and around Yavapai County. He recently donated more than $820,000 to organizations including the Prescott Salvation Army, Yavapai College, Prescott POPS Symphony Orchestra, Prescott Strings Ensemble, Peridot Senior Center and the Boys Scouts of America of Prescott.
The Philanthropic Leadership Award will go to the Margaret T. Morris Foundation for its years of generous and tactical support to Yavapai County organizations. According to Susan Rheem, previous executive director of Adult Care Services, MTM began supporting ACS 24 years ago, when the foundation awarded ACS a strategic grant to pay for its first building. Since then, ACS has been able to obtain money from MTF and through multiple other revenues, and has grown to service two adult day centers in Prescott and Prescott Valley.
Jessica Ksenzulak will receive the Youth Services Award for her involvement with nonprofits including the Make a Wish Foundation, Clown Corps, the Grayson House and Prescott Valley Park. During an undergraduate project, Ksenzulak discovered many Meals on Wheels recipients opted to use donated food to nourish their pets. Resultantly, Ksenzulak designed and organized a project that delivers pet food to more than 200 animals a month, a project for which she received the President's Volunteer Award. Ksenzulak's further commitment to philanthropy and the community includes her service as a board member for the Youth Volunteer Corps and the Youth Philanthropist Committee.
YCCF honored Prescott True Value Hardware with the Business Philanthropist Award for its support of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters. For more than 15 years, the family-owned hardware store has sponsored YBBBS events, and owner Andy Andre served on the organization's Board of Directors. Prescott True Value Hardware also supports numerous nonprofits through its Just Ask Rentals subsidiary program.
Prescott Noon Lions Club received the Community Benefactor Award because of its paper recycling project. Last year, club members spent more than 10,000 hours collecting 4.7 million pounds of recyclable paper. True to tradition, they donated 100 percent of the recycling proceeds to local charities, bringing their total donations to more than $1.3 million in the past six years.
All recipients will receive their awards at the annual Joy of Giving Awards dinner, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. This year's event will also celebrate YCCF's 15-year anniversary, and will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Sedona/Verde Ballroom at the Prescott Resort.
The event is open to the public and people may make reservations by calling Grants and Operations Coordinator Traci Corey, before Oct. 22, at 499-9795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $45 per person; dinner and a no-host bar are included.