Outstanding Washington State Philanthropists To Be Honored At Association Of Fundraising Professionals - Washington Chapter's National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

SEATTLE, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Washington Chapter has named six outstanding philanthropists to honor at its 24th anniversary National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

The luncheon will be held Nov. 7, 2012, at The Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle. More than 1,000 donors, volunteers, leaders and other supporters of nonprofit organizations are expected to attend – making it one of the largest National Philanthropy Day celebrations in the nation. Former Seattle Sounders midfielder Roger Levesque will speak about how becoming engaged with non-profit organizations benefits the community.

National Philanthropy Day honors and supports the efforts and passions of philanthropic leaders and the organizations they serve.

The 2012 honorees are:

Bob and Micki Flowers – Outstanding Philanthropists

Alaska Airlines – Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation

Girlie Press - Outstanding Small Company

Greater Seattle Business Association – Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

Woods Family – Outstanding Philanthropic Family

Priyanka Jain - Outstanding Young Philanthropist

"The current uncertainty of the economy and public funding has underscored the importance of philanthropic leadership to the entire not-for-profit sector," Matt DeGooyer, president of AFP-Washington Chapter and associate executive director of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Northwest Chapter in Seattle. "By honoring these remarkable individuals and organizations we have an opportunity to highlight those whose commitment to humanity is evident wherever we turn in our communities, and around the globe."

The National Philanthropy Day luncheon is open to the public. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon starts at noon. To register, please go to http://www.afpwashington.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=19%3Asite-content&id=83%3Aphilanthropy-day-registration&Itemid=111.

About the Association of Fundraising Professionals: The Washington Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) presents one of the oldest and largest National Philanthropy Day celebrations in the country with more than 1,000 attendees. Each November the organization joins national and international colleagues to celebrate exceptional individuals and organizations that have dedicated themselves to philanthropy. Nationally, AFP represents more than 26,000 members in 172 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. AFP fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information, visit www.afpwashington.org. To learn more about the youth initiative, contact Lauren Soderland at lsoderland@pacsci.org or Julie Bianchi at julieb@collinsgroup.com.

Cynthia Flash

SOURCE The Washington Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals