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Community Leadership Breakfast


Essex County Community Foundation's Celebration of Giving Breakfast

ECCF's 4th Annual Celebration of Giving Breakfast, held on May 4, 2017, was an inspirational morning of honoring incredible philanthropists and nonprofit organizations, celebrating our collective work in our communities and sharing the details of ECCF's work that is "Inspiring Philanthropy for Generations." Thanks to our awardees, sponsors and record number of attendees, this event was an incredible success and ECCF is extremely grateful for the support of those who live, work and raise families in Essex County. 

Because of your support, ECCF: 

  • Raised over $145,000 to support our strategic work in the region and the nonprofits working every day on the front lines to make a real difference in the lives of the people who need it most. 
  • Inspired over 400 attendess - a record for this event - through the incredible stories of our awardees and recognition of seven amazing nonprofit organizations. 
  • Planted a seed with the goal of "Inspiring Philanthropy for Generations.



At the 2017 Celebration of Giving, ECCF honored
the van Otterloo family of Marblehead and Thomas Burger of The Hamilton Group. 

Rose-Marie and Eyk van Otterloo and Thomas Burger, pictured with his wife, Andree Robert, (right)
were honored at ECCF's Celebration of Giving. PHOTO BY KEVIN HARKINS OF HARKINS PHOTOGRAPHY.

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.

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.


Fund for Excellence in Essex County Awards

The following nonprofit organizations were also honored with capacity-building grants from ECCF's Fund for Excellence in Essex County: 

  • Building Bridges Through Music, Lynn
  • Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence
  • Ipswich River Watershed Association, Ipswich
  • Lynn Shelter Association, Lynn
  • Plummer Home, Salem
  • House of Seven Gables Settlement Association, Salem
  • Merrimack River Watershed Council, Lawrence

Congratulations to all our awardees, and to all of you who support local philanthropy and "Give Where You Live!"