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Community Leadership Breakfast


Essex County Community Foundation's Community Leadership Breakfast

JOIN community leaders, legislators, donors and nonprofits as we celebrate local philanthropy and our collective impact in addressing social change in Essex County. Be part of the region’s premier event that recognizes philanthropists and nonprofit organizations having wide-reaching impact. You will learn about ECCF’s work that is “Inspiring Philanthropy for Generations.”


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At the 2017 Celebration of Giving, ECCF is proud to honor the following award recipients:


George Peabody Award

Celebrates the contributions of outstanding philanthropists in the county.

The van Otterloo Family
Eyk & Rose-Marie van Otterloo; Sander & Erin van Otterloo; and Hoyt van Otterloo & Ana Colmenero

As the patriarch and matriarch of the van Otterloo family, Eyk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo (pictured left) embody this year’s Celebration of Giving breakfast theme: “Inspiring Philanthropy for Generations.”

Their tangible generosity and dedication to making the world a better place through their support of education, human services and the arts have touched the lives of thousands of people living in Essex County and beyond.

Passing on those philanthropic values to their children, who have taken up the torch with the same passion, has only sustained and amplified their impact on causes both near and far. For their outstanding example and impact, Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to present the van Otterloo family with the 2017 George Peabody Award.

Learn more about the van Otterloo family’s impact on Essex County and beyond by joining us for this inspirational event.

Professional Advisor Award

Recognizes a professional advisor for outstanding work in educating philanthropists on how to maximize their charitable impact.


Thomas Burger, The Hamilton Group

In selecting Tom Burger as recipient of ECCF’s 2017 Professional Advisor Award, we celebrate him for his passion for people.

For more than four decades of his impressive career, Tom has exuded a visible passion for helping hundreds of clients achieve their personal financial and philanthropic goals. His passion also extends to his community as a nonprofit board leader for many organizations in Essex County, including the Community Foundation.

He is widely recognized for his tireless work in building a thriving arts and culture community on Cape Ann and beyond. Tom’s heartfelt commitment to his community and his charitable work with his clients make him eminently worthy of this award.


Join us to learn more about Tom Burger’s service to his community and the impact his philanthropy has had in Essex County and beyond.

Fund for Excellence in Essex County Awards

The nonprofit recipients for the Fund for Excellence in Essex County Awards will be announced at the breakfast.