Summit on Philanthropy

Celebrating philanthropy in our community


September 10, 2020

Summit on Philanthropy is an annual celebration of our community's generosity because we believe that together we can accomplish more than any one person, one company, or one organization can accomplish on their own. This year, the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville is celebrating our community's generosity in a virtual Summit on Philanthropy. We ask you to join us Thursday, September 10, 2020 via livestream to be inspired by stories of how our community has come together during this unprecendented time. We are #StrongerTogether.


Although 2020 has not gone according to anyone’s plans, there have been some amazing stories of compassion, commitment, and community that have emerged from this very difficult season.  At the Community Foundation, we have had a front row seat to witness our community’s overwhelming response. 

We love this community. We believe in this community. We support this community. 

We look forward to having you join us for our Summit on Philanthropy virtual celebration as we honor our community's strength throughout this challenging year, and are inspired by the incredible acts of generosity that bring us together to support this community we love in its time of need.




Our Program


Ginger Harper, IBERIABANK and Summit on Philanthropy Chair

Frank Williams, Landers McLarty Subaru and Summit on Philanthropy Vice-Chair


Chris Russell, Cadence Bank and Community Foundation Board Chair
Melissa Thompson, Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville CEO/President

Emergency Relief Spotlight

Hosted by Suzanne Sullivan, WAAY-TV

NAVIGATE Conference Spotlight

Hosted by Brad Garland, Brand Blackwell

Racial Equity Spotlight

Hosted by Kristina Hendrix, Dynetics

Community Philanthropy Award Ceremony

Hosted by Ginger Harper, Frank Williams, Chris Russell, Melissa Thompson

Individual/Family Philanthropy Award: Rey and Cynthia Almodóvar
Corporate Philanthropy Award: Google Fiber

Closing Comments

Chris Russell, Melissa Thompson


Ginger Harper, Frank Williams

Platinum Sponsors

  • Torch Technologies

    Gold Sponsors

      Silver Sponsors

        Bronze Sponsors

        • A-P-T Research
        • BKS Partners
        • HudsonAlpha Foundation
        • Troy 7
        • Turner Construction Company

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          Community Awards

          Individual and Family

          Joe and Pam Alexander
          Rey and Cynthia Almodóvar
          Bob and Phylis Baron
          Marc and Sheryl Bendickson
          Kathy and Tony Chan/Pei-Ling Charitable Trust
          Dorothy Davidson
          Fran Fluhler
          Jim Hudson
          Alan and Debra Jenkins
          Mike and Patty Lowe
          Lonnie and Helen McMillian and Family
          Jean McCrady
          Bill Stender and Family
          Jan Smith
          Linda Smith
          Jean Wessel Templeton and the Wessel Family


          Rachel Baker
          Sanders Clayton
          United Way Youth Council


          COLSA Corporation
          ERC, Inc.
          Google Fiber
          Intergraph Corporation
          Redstone Federal Credit Union
          The Boeing Company
          Torch Technologies
          Toyota Alabama
          Vector Wealth Strategies
          Venturi, Inc.


          Huntsville Hospital Foundation
          John and Ruth Jurenko Foundation
          Jane K. Lowe Charitable Foundation

          Professional Advisor

          Chris Hinson
          Chris Russell

          Unsung Heroes

          Kingslea Merkel

          Partners in Philanthropy Award

          Torch Technologies, Inc.

          Chairman’s Award

          Gary Saliba

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