- The Washington Times - Friday, November 15, 2002

The Association of Fundraising Professionals honored area philanthropists yesterday for helping underprivileged children, beautifying the District with "Party Animals" and for other acts of good will.

About 550 members of charitable and nonprofit organizations attended the first National Capital Philanthropy Day at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel to celebrate fund-raising efforts and to emphasize more could be done around the District.

"I'd like us to think about the enormous tasks that are ahead, not about what we've done," said Joseph E. Roberts Jr., winner of the Outstanding Fundraising Philanthropist award and founder of Fight for Children.

Mr. Roberts' organization which gives children access to education, health care and mentoring opportunities has raised more than $52 million since its inception in 1990.

Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, appointed by Mayor Anthony A. Williams in 1999 as chairman of the Commission on the Arts and Humanities, won the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer award. With a combination of government and private money, she developed and coordinated the successful and popular "Party Animal" program, in which 200 decorative elephants and donkeys were placed throughout the District and then sold at auction. The auction earned $1.2 million for D.C. arts projects.

"The mayor challenged us to do something that would reassure the citizenry, celebrate arts in the city and restore tourism," she said.

The award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional went to Jeanne G. Jacob, vice president of development for the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has served in the position for seven years, running the group's 150th-anniversary capital campaign and leading efforts to build a new facility for society members.

She said philanthropists must "work together to be good stewards of the money with which [they] are entrusted."

The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation won the award for Outstanding Foundation Partner.

The Capital One Financial Corp. won the Outstanding Corporate Partner award.

The Meyer Foundation supports community-based nonprofit organizations that focus on developing healthy neighborhoods in the region. Capital One supports a wide range of nonprofit institutions in the area including the Shakespeare Theatre and Habitat for Humanity.

ABC News' Cokie Roberts served as master of ceremonies for the event.


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