National Philanthropy Day

Attend the National Philanthropy Day Celebration

Please join AFP Golden Horseshoe as we return for our annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carmen’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton. 

We’re excited to be back in person after a three-year hiatus to honour the individuals, community groups and businesses who have enhanced philanthropy and our community through hard work, dedication and leadership. 

The event will also bestow seven awards to acknowledge and celebrate exemplary individuals and/or organizations in philanthropy across the Golden Horseshoe. Members of the community were encouraged to put forward nominations from their network for the consideration of the award selection committee, comprised of local non-profit and marketing professionals. Winners have since been announced – see below.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Time: 12 -2 p.m. (VIP reception by invitation only will take place immediately preceding to the event, from 11-11:45 a.m.)
Location: Carmen’s Banquet Centre, 1520 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton
Early bird tickets are now on sale! Early bird pricing applies through to September 30, with general pricing running from October 1-31. Don’t wait, secure your ticket today!

Meet our MC

The event will be MC’d by Sunni Genesco, who has been doing the morning show on BOUNCE 102.9 in Hamilton for the past 31 years. Her passion is getting out into the community and helping to make a difference. Her motto is laughter is the best medicine but when there’s a need for help to raise awareness for a cause, Sunni makes sure the message is delivered to the community she loves.

Congratulations to our Award Winners

Please join us in celebrating the seven award winners who will be recognized at our National Philanthropy Day event for their exemplary contributions to philanthropy across the Golden Horseshoe.

Event Sponsors

AFP Golden Horseshoe thanks each of our generous event sponsors for supporting National Philanthropy Day and a strong culture of philanthropy across the Golden Horseshoe, displaying a genuine passion for making a positive difference in our communities and around the world.

Want to join this list? See here for available sponsorship opportunities.

In Kind Sponsors

Thank you to our National Philanthropy Day Committee:


Vice-Chair & Chair, Nominations & Awards


Event Logistics & Ticket Sales

Marketing & Communications

Nominations & Awards

Sponsorship & Revenue Generation


Marla Smith, CFRE

Sarah McPherson

Marc Clare

Sylvie Rubbini

Courtney McLoughlin
Jordan Hallawell
Cialyn Carson
Layne Gobeil

Jana McMurray
Amelia Canto 
Megan Henshaw
Vanessa Macedo

Carrie Zeffiro
Tara Lepp, CFRE
Shaunna Morris
Suzanne Kerr

Dana Rushak
Franca Palummieri