Our Fund Foundation held the inaugural South Florida LGBT Philanthropy Awards Saturday, with a surprise Lifetime Achievement Award for Dick Schwarz.
“Dick was […] involved in Tuesday’s Angels, with the Pride Center, with Stonewall, and Dick really became a role model for me of what a philanthropist is – somebody who volunteers his time, somebody who volunteers his resources – Dick does both,” Our Fund co-founder Chuck Loring said in a video presentation.
The awards ceremony celebrated individuals and families whose generosity of time, talent and resources have had a significant impact on South Florida's LGBT community.
The first-ever class of South Florida LGBT Philanthropy Award recipients for the evening included:
Raising the Bar Award: Jim Stepp and Peter Zimmer. The couple was recognized as South Florida’s LGBT Philanthropists of the Year for their thoughtful generosity to numerous LGBT agencies and causes throughout the years.
Commitment to a Cause Award: Doug Pew. Founder and leader of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Pew was awarded for his many years of passionate dedication to the non-profit.
Next Generation of Philanthropy Award: Chris Caputo. A talented, young and generous leader, Caputo serves as Board Chair of the Pride Center, inspiring his peers to engage with their community as donors and volunteers.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Dick Schwarz. Honored for his continuing philanthropy with organizations such as Sunserve, the Pride Center, the former Tuesday’s Angels, and others.
“The generosity and actions of these philanthropists help to make South Florida the most livable community in the country for LGBT people,” said David Jobin, president and CEO, Our Fund Foundation.
The event was sponsored by U.S. Trust and Bank of America Private Wealth Management.