Community Foundation of Henderson County announces recipients of Sauer, Marlow awards
The Community Foundation of Henderson County announced the recipients of their 2021 Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award and Dorothy Dellinger “Dot” Marlow Philanthropic Catalyst Award.
The 2021 awardees were interviewed about their philanthropy and volunteerism, and a highlight film of each recipient’s interview can be accessed at cfhcforever.org and vimeo.com/cfhcforever.
“We are proud to honor the legacies of Richard and Vina Sauer and Dot Marlow through these awards each year,” says Community Foundation President and CEO McCray Benson. “I think it helps us in every generation to have an example of a permanent testimony as to what individuals can do and how we can make a difference. It inspires us to leave our own important legacy.”
Community Foundation’s eldest award – the Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award – honors the generosity of a husband and wife team who supported many local charities during their lifetimes, and then left the first $1 million unrestricted gift to Community Foundation of Henderson County as a planned gift, according to a news release.
Their endowment, along with other gifts, provides resources to numerous causes throughout Henderson County. The 2021 Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award was presented to Dirk and Paige Willms who have been involved in Henderson County since retiring from Chicago.
The Willms connected with Community Foundation in 2002 through volunteer committee service and eventually established their own charitable giving funds that they use to support numerous organizations throughout Henderson County, the release continues.
“The Sauer Award recognizes not only people who have made contributions financially to causes that matter, but it also acknowledges the investment of their time and interests,” said Board of Directors Vice Chair and Recognition Committee Chair Stan Duncan. “Our recipients of this award are not giving for recognition, they are doing it to give back and Dirk and Paige exemplify just that.”
Past Sauer Award recipients include: Ron and Norma Rosenberger, Hall and Sonja Waddell, Grace V. Poli, Bernd and Toby Linder, Phyllis C. Rothrock, Ruth Birge, Thos. R. Shepherd, Mary R. Garrison, Dr. Stuart and Carola Cohn, Marian P. Lowry, Teddi Segal, Robert and Doris Eklund, the Dr. Kathleen McGrady Family, Jeff Miller, Duane and Peggy McKibbin, Dot Marlow, Dr. Colin Thomas, Frank Byrd, Tom and Sue Fazio, Eleanora Meloun, Marcia Caserio, William "Bill" F. Stokes, Jr., William E. "Jamie" Jamison, Kermit Edney, Morris Kaplan, Kenneth Youngblood, and Frank Wyttenbach Ewbank.
The Dorothy Dellinger “Dot” Marlow Philanthropic Catalyst Award honors a community member that typifies selfless volunteer leadership in philanthropic work for the community’s greater good, the news release states. The award recognizes a person who continually advocates for others and works so that everyone can become their best self.
The 2021 Dot Marlow Philanthropic Catalyst Award was presented to Kathleen Lees. A community volunteer for more than two decades, her service and advocacy has impacted immeasurable lives throughout Henderson County, according to the Community Foundation.
Coinciding with her 19 years of advocacy work as a Guardian ad Litem, Lees became an involved member of a dozen other organizations throughout the area. She was also instrumental in spearheading the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast more than 20 years ago as part of her decade-long service on the Human Relations Council of Henderson County.
“Kathleen Lees not only embodies the spirit of a servant and leader like Dot Marlow, but also that of a person whom inspires all,” shared Benson.
“I hope it’s that I’ve helped improve people’s lives, and I’m an example for others to do the same. We should all work hard to understand people from all walks of life,” Lees said.
Like Marlow's tireless enthusiasm to better the community, each recipient reflects her extraordinary spirit, according to the Community Foundation. Past Dorothy Dellinger “Dot” Marlow Philanthropic Catalyst Award Recipients include Albert Lyons (2020) and Renee Kumor (2019).
This article originally appeared on Hendersonville Times-News: Community Foundation announces recipients of Sauer, Marlow awards