In 2007, the Elmer Tabor Award was established by the Cape Coral Community Foundation with the purpose of recognizing outstanding philanthropists in our community, those who have a record of exceptional generosity, show civic and charitable responsibility, and demonstrate leadership that inspires others to a life of generosity.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Elmer Tabor Generosity Award. Each nomination may also be accompanied by letters of support from no more than two additional persons who are personally familiar with, and can support in writing, the deeds of the nominee.

Criteria for the Award

The selection committee shall consider:

  • All people in Lee County, regardless of age, race, sex or religion
  • Visibility of the person in the community so that others will be inspired by his or her leadership in generosity
  • Because the award recognizes the human factor in philanthropy and generosity, the quality of the recipient’s personal involvement with others in need of assistance or support will be carefully considered

Please provide an essay of no more than 300 words detailing the nominee’s generosity, civic and charitable responsibility, and leadership that inspires others to a life of generosity.

Optional: letters of recommendation (no more than two)

Deadline for nominations: Tuesday, February 28, 2018

The finalists will be notified by Thursday, March 8, 2018, and the award will be presented at the Cape Coral Community Foundation’s Donor Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Cape Coral Yacht and Raquet.

Tabor Awards Nomination Form

In addition to Elmer Tabor, other recipients include Dave Gomer, Mary Lou Griffith, Tom Giles, Barbara Watt-Biggs and Bob Biggs, Boots and Earle Tolles, and Paul Sanborn. Each of these recipients are generosity advocates – bringing awareness to the Foundation’s non-profits and social services organizations.

The Tabor Award Winner for 2017 is Michel Doherty who has worked diligently in the development of substance abuse treatment programs in conjunction with Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan. In her honor, the “Michel Doherty Friends of the Foundation Fund” was formed and will serve to drive the Foundation’s strategic leadership initiatives.