Philanthropy association to honor Jewish community members

Several Jewish community members will be among those honored Nov. 13 at the National Philanthropy Day virtual celebration hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southern Arizona Chapter.

Janos Wilder

Acclaimed restaurateur Janos Wilder will receive the award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, one of the association’s major annual awards. Wilder was nominated by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona for his longstanding commitment to Southern Arizona and support of diverse, local philanthropic causes, which include the food bank and other organizations such as Primvara Foundation, Tu Nidito, Fox Tucson Theatre, and the Children’s Museum Tucson.

In addition to the major awards, local organizations may honor individuals with a Spirit of Philanthropy award.

Patty Vallance

The Greater Tucson Fire Foundation is honoring the late Patty Vallance. Speaking of her earlier this year, Mike McKendrick, chairman and founding trustee of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation and a retired assistant chief with Tucson Fire Department, said “Patty Vallance of blessed memory had adopted ALL firefighters and their families with an amazing skill set.”

Andy Kunsberg

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona has selected Andy Kunsberg as its honoree. Fran Katz, Federation Senior Vice President, says Andy “has been an active volunteer, and his humor and thoughtfulness are an inestimable benefit to the Federation’s efforts.”

Madeline Friedman

The Jewish Community Foundation will honor Madeline Friedman. “Madeline is a champion for legacy giving and community who exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy at the Foundation and throughout the community,” says Brenda Landau, Foundation director of  legacy development.

Free registration for the event is available at https://afpsoaz.org/events/national-philanthropy-day/.