Professional Advisors Honored by Foundation


Professional Advisors from the region were recognized with awards today for outstanding service in promoting philanthropy for the benefit of Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. The awards, sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES), were presented at an appreciation breakfast at the Foundation’s Nonprofit Support Center in Salisbury.

“These awards recognize the contribution professional advisors have made in building relationships with the Foundation and for the assistance they have provided to their clients in establishing charitable funds for the benefit of the community,” said Spicer Bell, CFES President. “We appreciate the professionalism and expertise they add to charitable giving conversations with the people they advise on financial and legal matters.”

Salisbury attorney Gill Allen received the 2010 Professional Advisor of the Year Award. Allen represented the late Richard Hazel for many years and was a trustee for the Richard and Patricia Hazel Charitable Remainder Trust. He was instrumental in working with the other trustees in establishing a charitable fund at the Foundation that has in just the past 12 months alone granted $444,000 to support nonprofits here on the Lower Eastern Shore. The Community Foundation will make a $500 grant to the nonprofit of Allen’s choice in recognition of his award.

The Foundation’s 2010 Professional Partner of the Year Award was presented to the Salisbury office of the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney brokerage firm. Since the earliest days of the Community Foundation in 1984, foundation donors have made gifts of stock through Morgan Stanley. Over the years, Morgan Stanley and its predecessors have provided outstanding service to the Foundation and its donors by facilitating charitable giving from the gifting of stock to the Foundation.

Paul Wilber, a partner in the law firm of Webb, Burnett, Cornbrooks, Wilber, Vorhis, Douse & Mason, in Salisbury, received the Foundation’s 2010 Professional Advisor Recognition Award. Wilber recommended the Foundation to Mrs. Elizabeth Brittingham Pusey, now deceased, who established a scholarship fund to benefit Wicomico County students. At her passing Mrs. Pusey made a substantial bequest to her fund that will enable the Foundation to award $500,000 in scholarships over the next decade and beyond.

The 2010 Professional Advisor of the Year Award was awarded to Salisbury Attorney Gill Allen by Melody Nelson, Foundation Board Member and Secretary. The award was one of three that was presented by the Foundation to recognize outstanding assistance and service professional advisors provide to their clients in establishing charitable funds that benefit the community.

The 2010 Professional Partner of the Year Award was presented to the Salisbury office of the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney brokerage firm. Spicer Bell, Foundation President, (center) presented the award to firm representatives (l to r) Stan Robbins, Bruce Smith, Garrett Layton and Dan Zimmerman.

The 2010 Professional Advisor recognition award was presented to Salisbury Attorney Paul Wilber, (r), by Gee Williams, (l), Foundation Director of Development and Marketing. The award was presented at the Foundation’s recent annual Professional Advisors Award and Appreciation Breakfast.


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