The DCCF Gala is our biggest event of the year, where we honor local philanthropists with the prestigious Gary Papa Leadership in Philanthropy Award. Each year, hundreds of DCCF supporters join us for a night of cocktails, dancing and exciting auction action!
2015 — Francis J. (Frank) Leto
2012 – Claude and Joyce de Botton
2011 – Marla Green Didio
2010 – Joseph DelRaso Esq.
2007- Ethel Sargent Clarke Memorial Fund
About the Gary Papa Leadership in Philanthropy award:
Gary Papa, a native of Buffalo, NY. spent 28 years as the face of Action News Sports before he lost his battle with prostate cancer in 2009. Gary was a quiet, behind the scenes, leader in volunteerism and giving for many different organizations. He was most passionate about youth sports and wounded veterans, but inspiring others to give their time and treasure was the sign that he was a truly great philanthropist. He knew that he could only do so much, but by helping to create more “givers”, we ALL would gain. As one of the most generous and caring residents Delaware County has ever seen, and in 2010, the DCCF Board of Directors felt it appropriate to rename our most prestigious award after Gary Papa.
The Gary Papa Leadership in Philanthropy Award in 2010 is bestowed upon only the most worthy individuals, couples, families or businesses who exemplify Gary Papa’s quality and sustained passion for giving and volunteerism. Honorees exhibit qualities of a leader and inspire others to commit to helping others while being an example of what we should all strive to be in helping those who are less fortunate in so many ways.
If you would like to submit a nomination for the Gary Papa Leadership in Philanthropy Award, please email: Info@DelcoCf.org