On November 19, 2015, OC Human Relations non-profit founder and CEO, Rusty Kennedy was recognized as “Outstanding Founder” at Orange County’s Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.

“My parents taught me that we were given much, so we had an obligation to give back, so I devoted my life to creating a better world for all people, and this work gives me a great sense of fulfillment. I feel like I did what I could to make a difference for my children and for all children.” – Rusty Kennedy

The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Orange County Chapter, presented its 30th annual National Philanthropy Day® Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at The Hotel Irvine. The luncheon honored outstanding volunteers, philanthropists and organizations throughout Orange County whose dedication and generosity greatly enrich the quality of our community. More than 900 of the county’s most prominent citizens attend this luncheon every year to honor amazing philanthropists and hear many heartwarming stories of service and support.

2015 was a real milestone year for National Philanthropy Day-it was founded 30 years ago by local philanthropist and attorney Doug Freeman and is now celebrated by more than 100 Association of Fundraising Professionals chapters throughout the US, Canada and China. Once again, Orange County leads the way!

The National Philanthropy Day Committee received over 120 nominations for the 2015 awards, and they were judged by a panel of dozens of leading community members.

This year’s Outstanding Honorees include:
Rusty Kennedy, Orange County Human Relations (Outstanding Founder)
Don Crevier (Outstanding Philanthropist)
Kia Motors America (Outstanding Mid-Sized Business)
HKA Inc. Marketing Communications (Outstanding Small Business)
Word & Brown Companies (Outstanding Large Business)
James Amato (Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser)
Sandy Segerstrom Daniels (Legacy Award)

Rusty was among great company, including long-time OC Human Relations supporter Don Crevier and OC Human Relations Community Partner KIA Motors America!

Learn more about the wonderful honorees at the National Philanthopy Day website.

Rusty Kennedy