Green property founder wins National Philanthropist Award

by Padraig Conlon

Stephen Vernon was named The Community Foundation for Ireland National Philanthropist of the Year at a recent event in Dublin.

A founder of Green Property and a well-known philanthropist, Stephen was honoured for his work in assisting community groups, helping charitable causes and giving back to society through his charitable giving.

The Community Foundation for Ireland are one of Ireland’s largest philanthropic organisations to recognise and celebrate extraordinary leadership and generosity in the area of philanthropy.

Previous winners of the annual philanthropy awards, which began in 2007, include JP McManus, Brendan O’ Carroll, Feargal Quinn and Maurice Healy.

A Dubliner was crowned Local Philanthropist of the Year, with Malahide native Adrienne Stack deservedly the proud recipient of that award.

Informed by her own family’s experience, Adrienne set up Hugh’s House in memory of her son Hugh and in support of other families with very sick children; providing a ‘home from home’ for them in the city centre while their children are in hospital.

Hugh’s House provides accommodation 365 days a year to the families of children who are long-term in-patients of Temple Street, Holles Street, the Coombe and Rotunda Hospitals.

She has given significant personal and financial resources to the project.

Speaking about the 2020 awards, Tina Roche, chief executive, The Community Foundation for Ireland, said society should not underestimate the positive role philanthropists play in raising awareness of the value and impact of strategic giving.

“Now in its 12th year, The Community Foundation for Ireland’s Philanthropist of the Year Awards recognises extraordinary leadership in philanthropy,” she said.

“Whilst acknowledging that many people who give back prefer to do so in a low profile and anonymous way, we see the need for positive role models to create a ripple effect of generosity throughout Ireland.”

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