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2007 Ketchum Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Joan and Howard Katz

Nominated by the AFP Texas, Fort Worth Metro Chapter

Both Joan and Howard Katz have been recognized as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the AFP Fort Worth Metro Chapter (Joan in 1996 and Howard in 2002), so it is fitting that together they are honored this year for their exemplary service and leadership to the philanthropic sector.

Living by the motto, “May I live on in good deeds that bless others’ lives and leave behind me the heritage of a good name,” the Katzes, both individually and together, have provided financial, fundraising and organizational support to a wide variety of charitable organizations.

For many years, the couple has been actively involved in The Gladney Fund, which raises money for the Gladney Center for Adoption, one of the United States’ preeminent adoption and maternity services agencies. Mrs. Katz co-chaired the fund’s $17.5 million “Building for Adoption” capital campaign to build a new campus. She recently served as the chair of The Gladney Fund board whose purpose is to generate funds for domestic and international adoption programs. Mr. Katz conceived of and organized a biennial national golf tournament to benefit the center. The Gladney Cup holds the record for the largest amount ever collected in a Texas charitable golf tournament. The couple is a longtime benefactor to Gladney as a way to say thank you for the priceless gift of family.

Mrs. Katz also chaired a $28 million “Building on Excellence” capital campaign for Trinity Valley School, the largest in the school’s history. The school had a limited history of fundraising before the campaign, and Mrs. Katz developed an all-inclusive team that involved hundreds of volunteers. She made numerous presentations on behalf of the campaign and personally wrote over 1,000 thank-you notes.

Joan is a three-time breast cancer survivor and helped establish the Tarrant County Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The first Race for the Cure™ in 1992 featured 1,800 participants and raised $100,000. Howard enlisted all of his male friends to assist on the day of the race. They wore tuxedos and handed out flowers to survivors and participants as they crossed the finish line. The 2006 race had 18,500 participants and raised $1.4 million. Joan and Howard continue to be key supporters and volunteers for the affiliate. They are also passionate advocates for the Komen mission of eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.

Mr. and Mrs. Katz are involved with numerous other organizations as well, including The WARM Place, Camp Fire USA, First Texas Council, The Learning Center of North Texas, The Jewish Federation Tarrant County, Junior League of Fort Worth, Tarrant County Youth Collaboration and Cancer Care Services, to name just a few.

Currently Mrs. Katz is the president of Jewel Charity, which raises funds for Cook Children’s Medical Center. Since 1953, this organization has given more than $35 million to benefit uncompensated care and other vital projects.  Mr. and Mrs. Katz were angel chairs in 2004, helping raise more than $2 million. Joan is also an active volunteer with the woman’s board at the hospital.

There is no more valuable resource to a charity than a volunteer who is willing to go the extra mile, and the Fort Worth community is blessed with two such individuals. AFP is honored to present the 2007 Ketchum Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser to Joan and Howard Katz.

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