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Prominent Rhode Island leaders honored at Foundation's annual meeting

At the Foundation's annual meeting, Chairman David Hirsch and President Neil Steinberg welcomed more than 400 donors, community leaders, grant recipients, and stakeholders to recognize several remarkable Rhode Islanders who have shown tremendous leadership and dedication to improving our state and the quality of life for others through their philanthropy and community engagement.

Dotty and Sandy McCulloch

The Foundation honored philanthropists Dotty and Sandy McCulloch of Barrington with its Inspiring Partners Award. Established in 2003, the award recognizes individuals who have inspired others with their personal commitment to philanthropy and thoughtful approach to grantmaking. Dotty and Sandy were recognized for their deeply committed efforts to shape a better future for countless Rhode Islanders, most notably in the area of education. Watch a video about Dotty and Sandy McCulloch.

James V. Aukerman

James V. Aukerman of Wakefield received The Harold B. Soloveitzik Professional Leadership Award, established for the beloved Westerly lawyer who exhibited an enduring commitment to philanthropy throughout his career. The Foundation presents this award annually to a professional advisor who shares this enduring commitment. Jim, founder of James V. Aukerman & Associates, was recognized for the personal value he places on both practicing and promoting philanthropy in Rhode Island. Watch a video about James Aukerman.

AS220 and Bert Crenca

The Foundation also awarded the second annual Community Leadership Award to AS220 and Bert Crenca, recognizing the role the Providence organization and its artistic director have played in creating a place for artists to exhibit, perform, or create original artwork. Watch a video about AS220 and Bert Crenca.

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