Hamilton County Community Foundation has selected three Hamilton County residents to receive its annual Community Pillar Awards. The 2019 recipients are Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness; Dan Clark, vice chancellor for Ivy Tech’s Noblesville Campus; and Lauren Guynn, executive director for Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County.
The award honors individuals or corporations working to solve challenges, build opportunity and create a brighter future for Hamilton County residents in three areas: mental health, inclusive economic growth and family and youth empowerment.
“The awards are given to individuals who are going above and beyond what is required of them as a board member, employee or community member,” said Mackenzie Poole, community leadership officer at HCCF.
Fadness will receive the award for mental health in honor of his citywide advocacy to address mental health and wellness.
“Mayor Fadness took ownership of this mental health initiative,” Poole said. “He formed the Fishers Mental Health Task Force and has made a huge push for social/emotional learning.”
Clark will receive the award for inclusive economic growth for his efforts to develop partnerships between local nonprofits and the Hamilton County Ivy Tech campus.
“Dan was also instrumental in the Workforce Innovation Network,” Poole said. “The $1.46 million grant was awarded to Hamilton County to scale up our workers in five different areas, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, technology and health care.”
Guynn will receive the award for family and youth empowerment in honor of her leadership in creating better opportunities for seniors to age in-place with dignity and respect.
“Lauren is the executive director of the Shepard’s Center of Hamilton County,” Poole said. “They connect seniors with different services they might not know about or need.”
Each recipient will receive $5,000 to award to the nonprofit of their choice. Grant recipients will be announced at the Nov. 7 Celebration of Philanthropy. For more, visit hamiltoncountycommunityfoundation.org.