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ECCF honors philanthropic leaders, raises funds for critical work

ECCF honors leaders, raises funds for critical work
Press Release
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Danvers, MA— The word “leadership” has been defined many times over, but on May 5, the Essex County Community Foundation captured the true essence of the word at its third annual Community Leadership Breakfast.

Over 350 people gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Danvers to celebrate those who have made a significant positive impact on the communities of Essex County, and to raise funds for ECCF’s community leadership project, Impact Essex County.

“The themes of impact, legacy and philanthropy could not be more relevant as we honor the Trustey family, Dick Sumberg and the many outstanding nonprofit organizations here today,” ECCF President and CEO Dave Edwards told those in attendance at the event, which was sponsored by Summit Partners, among many others. 

The late Joe Trustey, a former ECCF board chair, and his wife, Kris, were the recipients of the George Peabody Award – which honors outstanding philanthropists in Essex County – for their support of institutions and organizations such as the Hamilton-Wenham Education Fund, Shore Country Day School, Brooks School, St. John’s Preparatory School and The Women’s Fund of Essex County. The Trustey family’s philanthropic commitment has stretched throughout Essex County and beyond.

The Professional Advisor Award, which recognizes a professional advisor for exceptional work in educating philanthropists on how to maximize their charitable impact, was presented to Dick Sumberg of The Financial Advisors, LLC. Sumberg’s commitment to his clients, as well as his volunteer service, represent his longstanding commitment to Essex County. Sumberg, an ECCF trustee, is board president of the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity and has served organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Family Services of the Merrimack Valley and Malden Catholic High School.

During the event, ECCF also honored nine local nonprofit organizations with grants from its Fund for Nonprofit Excellence. Congratulations to the following organizations, which represent the highest level of service Essex County nonprofits have to offer: ACT Lawrence, Children’s Center of Faith United Methodist Church, CLASS, Inc., Community Action, Inc., Essex County Greenbelt Association, Ipswich River Watershed Association, Lowell’s Maritime Foundation dba Lowell’s Boat Shop, North Shore InnoVentures and The Open Door.

“These are the bright lights that bring out the goodness in all of us, and that have the power to shape our communities and society in positive ways,” said Karen Ansara, a dedicated philanthropist and former ECCF trustee, about all of the honorees.

Funds raised from the Community Leadership Breakfast will help support ECCF’s critical work, including Impact Essex County, a vitally important, data-driven community leadership project that will help to shape the future of our region by working to solve key challenges facing our communities. Through this multiphase, multiyear project, ECCF will:

• Lead efforts to assess Essex County’s most critical needs.
• Convene community stakeholders to craft a plan to address identified core    challenges.
• Mobilize resources to ensure long-term, sustainable funding to move the needle on high-priority issues.

Impact Essex County, launched in early 2016, has already garnered fervent support from local community, business and political leaders, including Congressman Seth Moulton, who praised ECCF’s use of regional planning to make countywide improvements. “I think it’s why ECCF is so potentially important for the region,” he said during a recent meeting to discuss Impact Essex County.

To learn more about Impact Essex County, please visit eccf.org/impact-essex-county.

Top: Katy Langhorst, Dick Sumberg and Kris and Claire Trustey. 
Right: ECCF's Fund for Nonprofit Excellence grant recipients. 
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