Celebration of Philanthropy
May 5, 2022
4:30 – 8:00 p.m.
NEW VENUE: Hilton Fort Collins
425 W Prospect Rd

Join community leaders, local nonprofits, and philanthropists as we celebrate generosity in our region.

Tickets to this year’s Celebration are complimentary and include a plated dinner, but due to COVID-related capacity restrictions, only two tickets may be reserved at a time. Seating is limited and will fill up fast!

Registration for the Celebration of Philanthropy is now closed.

Please contact Robyn Goldy at robyn@nocofoundation.org or call 970-488-1983 if you would like to be added to a waitlist.

Community Legacy Award
Larry and Kay Edwards
presented by First Western Trust

The Community Legacy Award is given annually to a Northern Colorado family that demonstrated philanthropy and volunteerism through multiple generations.

Kay and Larry Edwards

Kay and Larry Edwards

For more than 50 years, Larry and Kay Edwards have been a bedrock of philanthropy in Northern Colorado. Larry, a University of Nebraska Kearney alumnus, and Kay, a graduate of Colorado State University, are active supporters of their alma maters, including the creation of scholarships. In 2015, they were recognized with CSU’s Jim and Nadine Henry Award, presented to alumni who exemplify extraordinary service to CSU and its academic, athletic and alumni programs. In 1970, Kay joined the Fort Collins Symphony Women’s Guild and now serves as an emeritus member of the Fort Collins Symphony Board. During the past 22 years, a total of 38 symphony chairs have been endowed under Kay’s leadership as endowment chair. For her invaluable contributions, she has been named as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Friends of the Symphony.

“We have always wanted to give back to the city that has been so good to us and have shared our plans and purpose with our children, who have contributed so much in their own lives,” says Kay. In 1971, Larry founded the Light Center, the area’s largest collection of interior and exterior lighting and accessories. Now owned by their daughter, Jennifer Johnson, the Light Center continues to support causes such as RamStrength, Homeward Alliance, and Project Self Sufficiency. Their other daughter Susan Petersen serves as the Development Director of Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS), enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities. Their son Dr. Robert Gross, MD is a corneal surgeon in Phoenix, AZ and serves as Medical Director of the Donor Network of Arizona Eye Bank. Their youngest son Jonathan “Jono” Edwards enjoys donating his time and creativity producing videos for various organizations and artists. In 2019, their 18-year-old grandson, Andrew Petersen was named the Youth Philanthropist of the year for spearheading the effort to ban plastic bags in all grocery stores in Steamboat Springs.

Founders Award
Phil and Janice Farley
presented by the Sethre Family Fund

The Founders Award recognizes individuals and families that have provided exceptional leadership, both to the Community Foundation and our region.

Janice and Phil Farley

Janice and Phil Farley

When Phil and Janice Farley were selected to serve as the grand marshals of Loveland’s 2015 Old-Fashioned Corn Roast Festival, it came as no surprise to anyone – except Phil and Janice Farley. “We were absolutely flabbergasted and incredibly honored,” said Phil. The couple, who have been a been a beloved part of Loveland since 1978, are humble about their service to their community, yet their works have had an enduring impact. Just some of the organizations that Phil and Janice have supported or volunteered for over the years include the Loveland High Plains Arts Council’s annual Sculpture in the Park Show, the PBS Art Auction, the Governor’s Art Show, the Center for Adult Learning, the Community Kitchen, and the Loveland Rotary Club.

Phil and Janice also helped launch Loveland Generations, a giving group composed of community-minded people who pool their charitable dollars in a common fund. Since its inception 22 years ago, Loveland Generations has awarded more than 140 grants totaling over $300,000 to Loveland nonprofits. Phil is also a former Trustee and staff member of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. During his tenure at the Foundation, he concentrated his efforts on revitalizing downtown Loveland and was instrumental in raising over $700,000 in donations for the Rialto Bridge project. Phil took his passion for serving his community a step further by serving on the Loveland City Council from 2011 to 2015. After Phil’s ALS diagnosis in 2007, he and Janice became active members and supporters of the ALS Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Phil and Janice are both natives of Denver. Prior to moving to Loveland, Janice was an elementary school teacher, served on a Denver School Board Committee and Phil was a tenured Professor and Mathematics Department Chair at Regis University. The couple relocated to Loveland when Phil accepted a position with Hewlett-Packard.


Thank you to our sponsors!



Sethre Family Fund

SILVER SPONSORSBohemian Foundation

Dellenbach Motors
Coan, Payton and Payne

NAI Affinity

The Light Center