AFP Chapter honors Natchitoches doctor among other local leaders


Dr. Martin Avilez of Natchitoches is one of the 2016 Honorees that will be recognized Nov. 10 at a National Philanthropy Day Luncheon in Shreveport.

True philanthropists dig deep when times are hard, looking for innovative ways to change the world through their gifts of time, talent and treasure. Philanthropy is “the love of humankind,” and National Philanthropy Day® (NPD)— is the day that thousands of people around the world come together to both (1) put that word into action and (2) recognize the change that word has brought to our communities.

Since 1993, the Association of Fundraising Professionals North Louisiana Chapter has annually hosted an awards luncheon to honor and highlight giving. “This is our biggest event of the year, and salutes the efforts of those who give back to our community in many different ways,” said Jennifer Martin, president of the AFP North Louisiana Chapter. “This event not only recognizes those in our community, but also helps our chapter maintain professionalism.”

National Philanthropy Day recognizes the contributions that individuals and organizations make to nonprofits. In North Louisiana, the local AFP Chapter is pleased to host the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon to honor our local philanthropic leaders, organizations, and fundraising professionals. It is important to appropriately recognize volunteers and professionals in our community who reflect the true spirit of generosity, leadership, and community.

The 2016 honorees are:
Dr. Juan and Bonnie Watkins – Outstanding Philanthropist
Bossier Parish Schools – Outstanding Philanthropic Organization
Dr. Martin Aviles – Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer
Stephanie Rogers, Bossier Parish Community College Foundation – Outstanding Fundraising Executive

Joey Gouthiere and Julianna Gouthiere – Outstanding Young Philanthropic Leaders

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