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Event Date: November 29, 2011

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Aloha Chapter held its 20th Annual banquet at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Ballroom to honor the 2011 recipients of the National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Awards. This very special evening celebrates the achievements and contributions philanthropists, fundraisers, volunteers, corporations and foundations are making throughout Hawaiʻi.

UH Foundation board member Judith D. Pyle was recognized for her generosity and impact with the 2011 Outstanding Philanthropist award. A passionate advocate for preserving and promoting Native Hawaiian culture, Judy led by example with her $2 million gift to endow the dean’s Chair at the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

The evening was especially meaningful for all of us because in addition to recognizing Judy, the Foundation's president and CEO, Donna Vuchinich, was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser award. Peeking out from beneath her leis, Donna shared how privileged she feels to have witnessed the growth of the development profession. Over the years, fundraising has evolved from being included in job descriptions as "other duties as assigned" to being a highly impactful career of choice.

Photos by: Scott Nishi | University of Hawaiʻi Foundation