Community Foundation awards philanthropy, announces major gift at annual CFA’s


Manhattan Kiwanis members were recognized Monday with the GMCF Philanthropy Project Award. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KMAN

There was plenty to celebrate Monday at the sixth annual Greater Manhattan Community Foundation Awards.

Numerous philanthropic efforts from the past 20 years of the foundation were recognized as the total amount funded over that time span is now pledged at well over $100 million. Foundation President and CEO Vern Henricks says Ward and Brenda Morgan of Manhattan have made that possible with a newly established fund.

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Several awards were handed out at Monday’s ceremony. The Distinguished Volunteer of the Year award went to James Koelliker, who has worked with multiple organizations including Harvesters, Konza Prairie Biological Station, AARP tax aid, The Crisis Center and with the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center.

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The GMCF Volunteer of the Year Award went to Therese Miller, who said she was speechless when she learned of the honor.

      Therese Miller

Kevin Bryant took home the award for Rising Star Volunteer of the Year based on his work through Sunflower CASA, Manhattan Konza Rotary Club, Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan and the Fraternity Alumni Advisory Board.

      Kevin Bryant

For their many contributions to Manhattan over the years, the Lifetime Contribution Award went to Bill Richter and wife Linda.

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The GMCF Philanthropist of the Year award went to prominent Manhattan citizens Mary and Marty Vanier. Mary Vanier spoke on behalf of the Vanier family and reflected on the GMCF’s 20-year history.

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The Kiwanis Club was recognized for its Civic Philanthropy Project. Club member Doug Meloan says they are happy to give back to the community.

      Doug Meloan

Other awards handed out at Monday’s CFA’s included

Camryn McAtee – Youth Volunteer of the Year

Gavin Schmidt – Youth Trustee of the Year

Hy-Vee – Business Philanthropist of the Year

Homecare & Hospice – Nonprofit Service Award

The Crisis Center, Inc. – Nonprofit Service Award

Video courtesy Greater Manhattan Community Foundation

All photos by Brandon Peoples/KMAN






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