NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR TWO ANNUAL AWARDS

Who do you know in Boone County who is making a difference? Let us know by nominating someone for the Aaron Stookey Spirit of Philanthropy Award or the Lionel Dubay Sports Award. Nominations for the 2023 awards are now closed.

 

AARON STOOKEY SPIRIT OF PHILANTHROPY AWARD
Established in 1996, this fund is named after Aaron Stookey to recognize individuals or businesses in our community who are exemplary in their philanthropic activities. As the owner the local Stookey’s Restaurant, Aaron dedicated his only night off to holding monthly fundraising dinners for Boone County needs for years. He donated his restaurant for fundraising events, purchased the food and supplies, supervised preparation, coordinated volunteer servers, handled event promotion, and donated all proceeds to the beneficiary charity.

Every year, this award recognizes someone who has a broad base of charitable activities. Someone who demonstrates a long-standing commitment to local charities, setting a positive example for others by their volunteerism, as well as, but not limited to, financial support. The award recipient pays it forward by selecting a nonprofit organization to receive an unrestricted grant.

Past recipients include Aaron Stookey, Jane Hammock, Richard Lenox, Virgil Benge, Kent & Charlotte Frandsen, Doc Russell Hardin, Pete & Sandy Obremskey, Doug Vawter, Brett & Shari Bayston, H. Peter Hudson, and Jean Acton.

 

LIONEL DUBAY SPORTS AWARD

The award was established in 1993 by Lionel Dubay’s wife, Gwen, his friends, and community donations to continue his legacy. Lionel was a vital parent and supporter of youth sports in Zionsville. He was an active Little League and Youth Soccer Association member and was instrumental in starting pee-wee football in Zionsville. This award recognizes someone who has made an ongoing commitment to any youth sport serving the Zionsville area, whether it be a coach, active supporter, team mom, or other supporting role. The award recipient then pays it forward by selecting a nonprofit organization that benefits youth sports in the community to receive an unrestricted grant.

Past recipients include Marty & Vicki Wilkey, Troy Hobick, Matt Chappell, Todd Schulte, Ken Kocher, Jeff Collins, Leslie Sherman, Jade Marsh, Kay Mikesky, Bob Richmond, Budd Glassberg, Mark Stevens, Martha Randel, Phil Isenbarger, Mike Garrett, Greg Kirkham, Rick Fiege and Bob Walters.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF BOONE COUNTY

Since 1991, the Community Foundation of Boone County has granted more than $29 million from its various funds to nonprofit organizations and programs working to solve critical challenges in Boone County. Through the generosity of donors, the Community Foundation currently holds over $30 million in net assets. In the past 32 years, we have worked with donors to create permanent funds for charitable giving. The establishment and growth of permanent endowment funds will strengthen Boone County for generations to come.