Today I will be attending the annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. Hosted by our local Association of Fundraising Professionals to celebrate National Philanthropy Week, the awards recognize the outstanding contribution of individuals, groups and corporations within the Hamilton-Niagara-Halton region.
This year the corporation being honoured is Pioneer Energy LP. Since opening its first gas station in Hamilton in 1956 under the leadership of Murray Hogarth, Pioneer Energy has built a thriving national business. Pioneer recognizes that their business success is intrinsically linked to the health of the communities they call home which is why they are dedicated to giving back in multiple ways. One important vehicle for their philanthropy has been the funds they established at Hamilton Community Foundation.
It has been our priviledge at HCF to work with the Hogarth family and other members of Pioneer Energy’s leadership team. Their impact in the community has been profound and their personal and corporate commitment inspirational.