2023 Fisher Award

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James B. and Ann Nicholson and Family, PVS Chemical

Max M. Fisher Award for Outstanding Philanthropist

Nominated by YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
James B. and Ann Nicholson and Family awardee video

For over four decades, the Nicholson family has been a steadfast pillar of support for the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, embodying the spirit of philanthropy that enriches our community. Their unwavering dedication and contributions have left an outstanding affect on generations of youth and families in Metro Detroit.
James B. and Ann Nicholson's commitment to the YMCA has been multifaceted, encompassing both volunteer leadership and substantial financial support. Their generosity has been instrumental in sustaining the Y's mission, ensuring that it continues to provide vital services to the community. Through their efforts, they have empowered countless young lives and strengthened families throughout the region.
In addition to their significant involvement with the YMCA, the Nicholson Family has extended their philanthropic reach to Alternatives for Girls, offering financial support since 1999. Their contributions have profoundly impacted thousands of young girls, making a difference in their lives when it was needed most. Ann Nicholson's exceptional dedication led to her recognition as an AFG Role Model in 2011, a testament to her outstanding volunteer efforts.
James B. and Ann Nicholson's advocacy for arts and culture in Detroit has been nothing short of transformative, particularly at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Their passionate support played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, a cultural gem in the heart of the city. Anne Parsons, the late President Emeritus of the DSO, once remarked, "Jim is my hero," reflecting the profound impact they've had on the cultural landscape of Detroit.
Their philanthropic endeavors extended to the Detroit Historical Society, where they worked alongside former CEO Robert Bury. Together, they spearheaded a remarkable $21 million capital campaign, leaving an enduring legacy that preserves the rich history of Detroit for future generations.
The Nicholson family's benevolence has garnered support and admiration from a wide array of community leaders, as evidenced by the heartfelt recommendations from various organizations and individuals. Their contributions to the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, Alternatives for Girls, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Historical Society have left an indelible mark on the city, embodying the true spirit of philanthropy.
As the community gathers to celebrate their remarkable journey of giving, it is with great honor and gratitude to award James B. and Ann Nicholson and their family the AFP Max M. Fisher Award for Outstanding Philanthropist. Their legacy serves as an inspiration to us all, a testament to the enduring power of generosity and compassion in building a stronger, more vibrant Detroit.