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Local couple wins regional philanthropy award
Bagwells will be honored Nov. 20
Tommy and Chantal Bagwell have been named the North Georgia Community Foundations 2014 Philanthropists of the Year. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

GAINESVILLE — A Forsyth County couple has been named the North Georgia Community Foundation’s 2014 Philanthropists of the Year.

Tommy and Chantal Bagwell will be honored at the foundation’s 10th annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon, which is set for noon Nov. 20 at First Baptist Church of Gainesville’s banquet hall.

The Bagwells, who own American Proteins, were selected because of their strong community support of area causes throughout the years, including the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Medical Association of Georgia’s “Think About It” campaign for prescription abuse awareness.

They have also been involved in public and private schools, literacy initiatives, food pantries and other programs that provide support for needy families.

“Tommy and Chantal are great examples for service, philanthropy and civic responsibility,” said Jim Mathis, foundation president. “Their giving has touched the lives of many people in northeast Georgia and beyond.”

The foundation honors individuals each year who are known for their humanitarianism and good will.

A committee of former recipients, the foundation’s board chairs and three at-large members select the finalist from nominations submitted from a 15-county region in northeast Georgia, which also includes Dawson, Hall and Lumpkin counties.

The foundation has awarded more than $50 million in grants since its inception in 1985.

Previous winners include Lorry and Sherrie Schrage, Richard and Phyllis Leet, Walter and Winkie Boomershine, Martha and John Jacobs, Anne and George Thomas, Mike and Lynn Cottrell, Lessie Smithgall, Philip and Mary Hart Wilheit and Jim Walters.