AFP Memphis Crystal Awards
Thursday, November 17, 2022
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38104

Immediately following our annual conference. All conference admissions include admissions to The Crystal Awards. Make plans to join us as we celebrate philanthropy in our community!

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Award Categories and The Winners!

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - John Barzizza 
Recognizes a person who provides exceptional leadership in coordinating fundraising projects or activities for a charitable organization or cause, with a preference for community work that has direct impact in Memphis and the Mid-South. The recipient must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and the ability to motivate volunteers. By giving generously of his/her time and talents, this person makes a measurable impact on community philanthropy.

Outstanding Philanthropist - The DeAngelo Williams Foundation
Recognizes an individual or family for exceptional generosity and commitment demonstrated by significant financial contributions to charitable organizations. The recipient's personal generosity and community leadership should motivate others to give and to become involved in philanthropy.

Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist - Sharnae L. Smith 
Recognizes an individual 40 and under for exceptional generosity and civic responsibility demonstrated through financial contributions and volunteerism to charitable organizations.

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization - cityCURRENT
Recognizes a philanthropic corporation, foundation, or organization (e.g. civic groups, volunteer organizations, etc.) whose grant programs, gifts, and charitable activities enrich the community. This organization should be a role model of philanthropic activity serving many segments of the community.

Outstanding Fundraising Executive - Mark Billingsley 
Recognizes a fundraising executive whose actions and leadership exemplify ethical and effective professional practice and whose performance has enhanced the financial resources and recognition of the organization(s) for which he/she works. Nominees must demonstrate strong commitment to philanthropy, volunteerism, and continuing education and have actively worked as a professional fundraiser for at least five years prior to this nomination.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy - LeBonheur Club Teens 
Recognizes service by an individual or group of young people ages 5-23 who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.

Fundraising Professionals IDEA Award - Jeanette O'Bryant 
Recognizes an individual, family, non-profit organization, corporation, foundation, or civic organization that is committed to the ideals of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in philanthropic giving.

Crystal Awards Schedule

4:30 p.m. Meet & Greet with Crystal Awards Winners
5:00 p.m. Awards - Emceed by
Valerie Calhoun and Mauricio Calvo
6:00 p.m. Reception with delicious bites from Big Mama's and Granny's Catering

Valerie Calhoun, Anchor for Fox 13's Good Morning Memphis
Valerie Calhoun is co-host of the Emmy Award-winning newscast, Good Morning Memphis. Valerie is proud to be in the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame. She has won multiple Emmy Awards for her investigative and feature reporting. The University of Tenneseee graduate is from East Tennessee but Memphis is home now. She joined WHBQ-TV in December 1995. Prior to that, Valerie honed her journalism skills at smaller markets in the Carolinas, Alabama, and at WCYB-TV in the Tri-Cities. Valerie is a volunteer for Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy and serves on the Advisory Board for the organization.

Mauricio Calvo, Executive Director for Latino Memphis
For the past 30 years, Mauricio Calvo has chosen Memphis as his home. When he moved to Memphis in 1993 from Mexico City, he found a city full of kindness, diversity, and a wealth of opportunity. He and his team at Latino Memphis strive every day to make the growing community of Latino Memphians feel as welcome and hopeful as he did. Over the course of his career, he has worked tirelessly to help ensure that the Memphis community has been heard. Through his leadership, serving as the executive director of Latino Memphis, he has worked with diverse and underrepresented populations within and outside of the city. Using this platform, he has fearlessly spoken out against acts of injustice, both local and national, to uplift the voices of those in need. Mauricio, who is openly bi, married his best friend 19 years ago, local artist Yancy Villa-Calvo. Together they are figuring out how to raise three future leaders. When he is not working with Latino Memphis or spending quality time with his family, Mauricio dedicates time to contributing to other parts of the Memphis community. He has served on various boards, including the Downtown Memphis Commission, Hope Credit Union, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, We Are Memphis, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, and the National Leadership Council for LeBonheur Children's Hospital, among others.
Our Amazing Sponsors
Mark Billingsley
2022 National Philanthropy Day Conference and Crystal Awards Co-Chairs

Tori Taylor
Jessie Wiley