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Ceremony will honor area philanthropists
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On Nov. 5, the area’s leading philanthropists will be recognized at the Association of Funding Professionals National Philanthropy Awards. The event will recognize active, philanthropic individuals who make a difference in the community.


For Outstanding Philanthropists, the ceremony will honor Turlock’s Matt and Maria Swanson. Nominated by California State University Stanislaus, the Swanson’s are the owners of Associated Feed and Supply and numerous other companies and have given direct financial support to the university and other local charitable organizations throughout the community.


Sheila Carroll will be given the award of Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. As a long term supporter, Carroll sits on the Trustee Board for center for Human Services. In addition, she is a former Board President of the United Way of Stanislaus County, a Board member of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and a current Foundation Board member for CSU Stanislaus.


Big Valley Christian School senior Katelyn Reza will be rewarded with Outstanding Youth Philanthropist award. Reza has volunteered for Autism Speaks since 2009 after her brother was diagnosed with PDD-NOS on the Autism Spectrum. The senior has also raised money for research and recruited volunteers to assist her in the Central Valley Autism Walk.


Director of Fund Development Monica Ojcius has earned the title of Outstanding Fundraising Professional. Working for the Center of Human Services for over 22 years, Ojcius oversees development of development department activities and has developed an annual campaign. She also serves as a board member for Central Valley Professional Exchange and participates in Omega Nu.


Wells Fargo Bank will be honored as Outstanding Corporate Donor. Nominated by CSU Stanislaus, the bank has helped students learn the essentials of money management, earn and protect their credit, and have a safe and convenient way to make purchases using their Warrior Card. The bank has also helped guide the university’s foster youth population by providing monetary and voluntary support to the Promise Scholars program.


The Cardoza Family Foundation has earned the title of Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation Service Organization or Nonprofit. Headed by President Catherine Cardoza-Connor, Vice President Joan Cardoza, Secretary Carrie Cardoza-Bordona, and Treasurer Bowen Cardoza, the foundation provides financial contribution and leadership to a variety of charitable organizations, including Center for Human Services and the Gallo Center for the Arts. The foundation does not have any paid staff, so all donations to the foundation are passed on to charities.


Those interested in attending the Nov 5. luncheon at CSU Stanislaus’s Event Center must make reservations by calling 339-5032 or emailing Reservations are $45 per person.