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Honoring Those Who Give at Holyoke Luncheon

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Recognition Wednesday for people and organizations in Western Massachusetts who give back to their communities.  It was all part of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western Massachusetts Chapter’s Philanthropy Day.

This yearly event honors those who give their time and talents and yes, money to help people in need, or who’ve simply fallen on hard times.

Dr. Carla Oleska, Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Fund of Western Mass was recognized as the Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy. She was thrilled with the awards and said, “I get to do this every day. This is my work, my employment and there are so many people in Western Massachusetts in our four counties who do this solely because they love their communities.”

The Amherst Regional High School Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America were named Outstanding Young Philanthropists for Hampshire County. James Kirwan spoke for the group and said, “The fact that we were recognized despite thousands of great things happening in Hampshire County is amazing.”

Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen, Kate’s Kitchen, The Springfield Rescue Mission, Loaves and Fishes, the Parish Cupboard, the Amherst Survival Center, the Food Bank of Western Mass and Rachel’s Table, local agencies which feed the hungry, were presented with the Chapter’s President’s Award.

ABC40’s Dave Madsen had the privilege to again present all of the very deserving honorees.