Holocaust Center nominees Miller and Maines receive philanthropy award
The Holocaust Center's immediate past president, Jeffrey Miller and his husband, Ted Maines, will receive this year's Kenneth F. Murrah, Esq. Award for Outstanding Philanthropist at the Association of Fundraising Professional's annual National Philanthropy Day breakfast, held on Nov. 18, at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes, located at 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando. The breakfast and program begin at 8 a.m.
Nominated by the Holocaust Center for their long-standing support, leadership and engagement in its mission, most notably they were instrumental in developing, launching and nurturing the Center's UpStanders: Stand Up to Bullying initiative. Now in its seventh year, the Holocaust Center's UpStanders initiative is leading Central Florida's bullying prevention efforts.
Often recognized by local publications as two of Orlando's most influential people, Miller and Maines create change through exceptional philanthropy. They generously invest their time, talents and financial resources in organizations important to our community's culture and quality of life.
Miller is a partner at SeifertMiller, LLC; Maines owns Ted Maines Interiors and together they leverage their skills, social networks and passion to support projects meaningful to them.
Both gentlemen have served in numerous roles to help the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida fulfill its mission of creating a more respectful and inclusive community.
As prominent advocates for gay rights and marriage equality, their longtime commitment to Equality Florida was recognized in 2014 with the organization's Voices of Equality award. Speaking out at a time when calls of LGBT pride and civil rights were frequently met with violence and economic consequences, their stance required real courage. In spite of the potential consequences, they fearlessly promoted equal rights for all people.
Their philanthropic engagement over the last few decades spans the community and includes the Orange County Library System, Orlando Ballet, Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando Museum of Art, Harbor House of Central Florida and the City of Orlando's Historic Preservation Board to name a few.
When asked who influenced their passion for philanthropy both gentlemen cited their parents as early role models, fondly recalling their extensive community service and giving hearts.
Jeffrey and Ted's exemplary leadership and selfless giving of their time, talents and resources to benefit our community echoes that of Kenneth F. Murrah, Esq. for which this award is named, and make them ideal recipients of this year's Outstanding Philanthropist award.
National Philanthropy Day acknowledges the entire spectrum that the nonprofit and civic and service sectors provide, as well as the profound impact that philanthropy had on the fabric of society. This annual event is also a fundraiser for the Central Florida Chapter of the AFP to provide scholarships and educational opportunities to further individual member's professional development.