ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Michigan honored five volunteer fundraisers with the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership, on October 9, 2015. The award, established in 2004, honors fundraising volunteers whose contributions to the University of Michigan exemplify Hermelin's dedication and enthusiasm for the university until his death in 2000.
Known throughout the Detroit area for his fundraising expertise and passion for the U-M, and many other organizations that were close to his heart, Hermelin was an active volunteer fundraiser for the university during two different campaigns, and served as co-chair of the Detroit Major Gifts Committee.
Five generous donors who are active volunteers received the award this year: Paul (BBA '86) and Amy Blavin, Nathan (AB '85) and Catherine Forbes, and Mary H. Weiser.
Paul and Amy Blavin of Los Angeles founded the Blavin Scholars Program that awards scholarships to 22 former foster care students. In addition to supporting the Michigan Athletics Campus, School of Social Work and the U-M Health System, the Blavins also serve on the Parent & Family Development Leadership Council, Student Life Campaign Council, and Paul serves on the Alumni Association Campaign Committee.
Nathan and Catherine Forbes of Franklin, Michigan made a significant gift to the Michigan Athletics Campus facilities project, and generously support the Varsity Tennis Center, Al Glick Field House and the Michigan Stadium. The Forbes sponsor Maize and Blue Go Pink, an event to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research at the U-M Health System's Comprehensive Cancer Center. Catherine Forbes also serves on the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) National Leadership Council, and with Nathan, has supported UMMA Glow, the museum's benefit.
Mary H. Weiser of Ann Arbor, Michigan brings an array of experiences to volunteer fundraising, from the political arena, and both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Mary and her husband Marc helped establish the Mary H. and Marc A. Weiser Food Allergy Fund at U-M in 2013, and the Food Allergy Center is named in Mary's honor for her work promoting the center and fundraising for its support. Weiser also currently serves on the board of directors for Food Allergy Research Education (FARE).
Contact: Judy Malcolm, [email protected], (734) 649-2573
SOURCE University of Michigan