Columbia Foundation bestows new Philanthropist of the Year awards

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November 15, 2012|By Jennifer Broadwater

For a foundation whose business it is to support charities, it’s only natural that the Columbia Foundation would know a few good philanthropists. And so the foundation plans to honor those doing great things in the Howard County community through its new Philanthropist of the Year awards.

The foundation’s annual dinner this year coincides with National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 15 — a fitting day to recognize inaugural honorees the Lundy family and Harkins Builders.

The corporate/organizational award will be presented to Harkins Builders, an employee-owned company based in Marriottsville and led by CEO Richard Lombardo. In addition to supporting a human services endowment fund that dates back to the 1980s, employees pitch in time and expertise for charitable renovation and building projects, such as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together Howard County.

The individual/family award will be presented to the Lundy family. Along with his wife, Cathy, and daughters, Chip Lundy operates a charitable foundation that has supported myriad causes and organizations, including Columbia Festival of the Arts, Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund, Howard County General Hospital, Howard Community College Educational Foundation, the ARC and Family and Children Services.

The Columbia Foundation annual dinner will take place Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. Tickets cost $75 and must be purchased by Nov. 5. For more information, go to

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