Plaza Companies’ Harper honored for philanthropy

Sharon Harper, president and CEO of The Plaza Companies, will join other Arizona leaders in being honored for their excellence in philanthropy at the 28th Annual Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Arizona Chapter Philanthropy Leadership Awards Dinner. The signature event will be held Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

Harper is being recognized for her excellence as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser 2012. She has served with numerous organizations in the Valley including Banner Health, AZ Community Foundation, and Greater Phoenix Leadership.

The annual awards ceremony and event serve to recognize and celebrate Arizona’s finest fundraisers, volunteers, philanthropists, corporations, and media who serve our community through their dedication of resources, time and generosity. This year’s event is particularly significant as the President and CEO of AFP International, Andrew Watt, will be attending as a special guest.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Andrew Watt this year,” says Mark Walker, AFP Greater AZ Chapter President. “I have worked with Andrew for over 10 years on AFP’s International Committee, so it’s terrific to have him here representing the global nature of this event.”

In addition to Harper, this year’s event honorees include Frys for Outstanding Corporation, Carlos Galindo-Elvira from Valle del Sol for Outstanding Fundraising Executive, and John and Dee Whiteman for Outstanding Philanthropists.

“Decisions about how to use discretionary time, talent, and treasury to assist those in need are strategic decisions that impact our community. The people and companies honored at the Philanthropy Leadership Awards Dinner have gone above and beyond to make that difference,” says Event Co-Chair, Jackie Palmenberg, CFRE.

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