Centennial Culmination Event Was a Night to Remember!

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Beautiful weather, a picturesque setting, and a one-of-a-kind concert and light show made The Dayton Foundation’s Centennial Culmination Event and the launch of its next century of service a night to remember! Carillon Historical Park provided the perfect backdrop for the Celebration Presentation and 100 Gifts to the Community Thank You. The highlight of the evening was a Special Concert and Light Show, featuring the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Firefly Drone Shows. 

“What binds us together is the shared belief in all that is good, to give back to those in need, to lift spirits, to improve lives and to provide hope and opportunity for the future. It is this sense of shared values that binds each of us together to form The Dayton Foundation,” said Michael M. Parks, CFRE, president of The Dayton Foundation, in his speech to a crowd of more than 1,000. “True to our founders’ vision 100 years ago, The Dayton Foundation is about helping you help others. No matter your interests or means, there is a place for everyone at the Foundation.” 

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The event capped off the Foundation’s centennial year by celebrating the conclusion of its 100 Gifts to the Community campaign. The campaign featured 100 of the Foundation’s fund holders who awarded special, one-time grants in honor of the Foundation’s milestone anniversary to the nonprofit organizations of their choice. The donor gifts, which showcase a variety of nonprofits and the work they are doing to help the Greater Dayton region, have been announced during WHIO NewsCenter 7 at Noon since December 2020. More than $2.1 million in gifts, ranging from $1,000 to more than $100,000, have been awarded to local nonprofit organizations through this effort. 

For more information about The Dayton Foundation and to read more about the 100 Gifts to the Community campaign, click on the menu on the left, and follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.


The Dayton Foundation’s Centennial Celebration is presented by PNC.
PNC Bank


Lead sponsorship provided by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.,
JPMorgan Chase


with Partner sponsors Buckingham Advisors and Fifth Third Bank.


Supporting sponsors include:

Bieser GreetUBSflagel huber flagelKey Bank
EBSJames InvestmentJohnson InvestmentMarch McClennanJP Morgan Chase

Media support provided by:
Cox Media Group   Key-Ads   Dayton Daily News

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File date: 10.05.21
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