The Philanthropists of the Year Program was created to showcase the wonderful giving spirit of Carroll County, past, present, and future.

Honoring Carroll County’s 14th Year of Leading Philanthropists

Rooted in the Community
The Feather Fund

Individual Achievement
Mr. Bill Murphy

Rising Star Award
Find Your Purpose Inc.

Join the Philanthropist of the Year Committee and help us to honor future POY Classes



12th Annual Winners

INDIVIDUAL: Sargent Major Thomas S. Beyard of Westminster, the highest ranking noncommissioned officer in the MD National Guard.
BUSINESS: Quantum Internet | Johanna & William Brown
NON-PROFIT: The Boys and Girls Club of Westminster
YOUTH: Lauren Jenna of Westminster High School
FAMILY: Josh & Matt Kohn | Kohn Creative

11th Annual Winners

INDIVIDUAL: Mr. John Staehlin
BUSINESS: Terry’s Tag & Title | Teresa Smack
NON-PROFIT: GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster
YOUTH: Diana Grace Welliver of Westminster, MD
LEGACY: The Kahlert Foundation | Mr. & Mrs. Greg Kahlert

10th Annual Winners

INDIVIDUAL: Mrs. Nancy McCormick
BUSINESS: Gizmo’s Art | Lyndi McNulty
NON-PROFIT: Toop’s Troops
YOUTH: Mary Guest, North Carroll High School
Legacy: Sylvia Canon Haines

9th Annual Winners

INDIVIDUAL: Dr. Faye Pappalardo
FAMILY: Marcus Lee & Louna Primm
BUSINESS: Dutch Corner Restaurant & Owner, Susan Rill
LEGACY AWARD: Dr. Charles L. Billingslea
NON-PROFIT: Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc.
YOUTH: Daniel Welliver

8th Annual Winners


INDIVIDUAL: Ms. Betsey Baker
BUSINESS: Barnes-Bollinger Insurance Services
LEGACY AWARD: Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fisher, Sr. (Postumous)
NON-PROFIT: Mr. John Sernulka / Carroll Hospital Center
YOUTH: Miss Margo Huffman

7th Annual Winners


FAMILY: Mr. William “Bill” Gavin
BUSINESS: Shop with a Cop / Westminster Wal-Mart / Westminster Police
LEGACY AWARD: Mr. C.J. “Buck” Miller
NON-PROFIT: Carroll Child Care Centers, Inc.
YOUTH: Carly Weetman

6th Annual Winners

FAMILY: Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Ferguson
BUSINESS: Just Desserts By Linda
LEGACY AWARD: Martin K.P. & Kelly W. Hill
NON-PROFIT: The Rotary Club of Westminster, MD
YOUTH: Matthew Korotki

5th Annual Winners

FAMILY: Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bare
BUSINESS: Carroll County Times
LEGACY AWARD: Msgr. Arthur Valenzano
NON-PROFIT: Arc of Carroll County
YOUTH: Josie Grant

4th Annual Winners

FAMILY: Skip & Pat Amass
BUSINESS: Lehigh Cement
LEGACY AWARD: Loring “Chips” B. Yingling
NON-PROFIT: Westminster Lions Club
YOUTH: Chris Anderson

3rd Annual Winners

FAMILY: The Kirkner Family & The Shipley Family
NON-PROFIT: The Shepherd’s Staff
YOUTH: Allyson Harmon

2nd Annual Winners

FAMILY: Robert & Carolyn Scott
BUSINESS: Stewart N. Dutterer Flower Shop, Inc.
NON-PROFIT: Mission of Mercy
YOUTH: Derrick Woolfson

1st Annual Winners

FAMILY: The Tevis Family
BUSINESS: S.H. Tevis, Inc.
NON-PROFIT: Anverse, Inc.
YOUTH: Kevin Costin