Rodefeld and Wickemeyer Awards


This is a great way to honor those who help support your organization through volunteer service or giving (or both).  You’ll see a listing of the past recipients – a very prestigious bunch – below!  Shouldn’t your volunteers or donors be included on that list? 


We’ll honor the 2017 recipients at our annual dinner and remember the organizations which nominate the 2017 recipients will each receive a $1,000 grant!! 





For Leadership in Philanthropy and the Community



The Charles A. Rodefeld Award for Leadership in Philanthropy and the Community honors a man who was not widely known as a philanthropist or worker for non-profit organizations.  He was, instead, a person who moved quietly but steadily to help meet community needs.  The Rodefeld Award seeks to recognize Wayne County citizens and/or companies who have been there when agencies or organizations most needed them, who served faithfully and well, though without fanfare, and who have provided leadership and significant financial support over the years.  To qualify for the Charles A. Rodefeld Award, an individual, corporation,  or organization must have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovative commitment to addressing  a community concern or a dedication to improving the effectiveness of an existing charitable institution while maintaining an attitude of humility.  Evidence of achievement must be demonstrated by gifts of volunteer leadership and significant personal/corporate resources.



                                                                                                            1994 – Charles A. Rodefeld, Richmond

                                                                                                            1995 – Robert W. Rosa, Richmond                                   

                                                                                                            1996 – J. Ross and Natalie Harrington, Richmond

                                                                                                            1997 – Kathleen Postle, Centerville                                 

                                                                                                            1998 – Becky Rosa, Richmond                                            

                                                                                                            1999 – John M. Harlan, Richmond                                 

                                                                                                            2000 – Jim and Helen Cope, Centerville      

                                                                                                            2001 – William R. Niersbach, Richmond

                                                                                                            2002 – Victor R. Jose, Richmond

                                                                                                            2003 – Donald C. McCullough, Hagerstown

                                                                                                            2004 – Tom and Claire Ann Milligan, Richmond

                                                                                                            2005 – Inezetta Stiver, Centerville

                                                                                                            2006 – Paul Lingle, Richmond

                                                                                                            2007 – Andy Cecere, Richmond

                                                                                                            2008 – Albert Gentry, Richmond

                                                                                                            2009 – Jon Ford, Richmond

                                                                                                            2010 – David and Carla Stidham, Richmond

                                                                                                            2011 – Richard “Jeff” Jeffers, Richmond

                                                                                                            2012 – Cheri Jetmore, Richmond

                                                                                                            2013 – Father John Luerman, Richmond

                                                                                                            2014 – Dr. Frank and Mrs. Mary Alice Adney, Richmond

                                                                                                            2015 – Jack and Debra Edelman, Richmond

                                                                                 2016 Ray Ontko, Richmond



For Community Service



Named for the Foundation’s first Executive Director, this award recognizes paid or volunteer not-for-profit leaders who personify exceptional service to others in the name of community progress. Ruth is perhaps best remembered for maintaining the highest ethical standards and expressing true appreciation for even the smallest contributions.


Candidates must demonstrate a history of significant service in the Wayne County not-for-profit community, an unswerving commitment to the highest ethical standards, and evidence of articulating a vision for community improvement by their leadership and/or significant accomplishments.



                                                                                 2006Pat Bowers, Easter Seals

                                                                                 2007Wilbur “Rody” Rodenberg, Achieva Resources

                                                                                 2008Dr. James Daggy, Boys and Girls Club

                                                                                 2009Betty Mark, NAMI

                                                                                 2010Alan Spears, Cope Environmental Center

                                                                                 2011David Nixon, Boy Scouts

                                                                                 2012Jill King, Cambridge City First United Methodist Church

                                                                                 2013Penn Ansorg, Morrisson-Reeves Library

                                                                                 2014Aileen Wickett Harris, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

                                                                                 2015Karole Passmore, Second Helpings

                                                                                 2016 Mark Harris, Independent Living Center


Deadline for submissions is April 7, 2017 




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