The Reverend Wally Mayton named Philanthropist of the Year by Midland Area Community Foundation.

The Midland Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Reverend Wally Mayton will be the recipient of the Philanthropist of the Year Award. The Philanthropist of the Year Award is an annual award to honor a community member who has demonstrated a passion and call to action for our community. Reverend Mayton is the epitome of a philanthropist, giving freely of his time, talent and treasure to benefit our whole community

The award, to be presented on October 27 at the annual Ripple Effect, will recognize the Reverend Wally Mayton for his impact in Midland which benefits the citizens of Midland County.  His clear dedication to the community is shown in so many ways.  His generous gifts of time, talent and treasure to the Foundation’s mission is clear. Not only does he support many projects which benefit our community on a regular basis, he invests his time and talent by serving on the Cultural Awareness Committee, a scholarship committee and on the Operational Grants Committee.

The Reverend Mayton’s dedication to the community extends far beyond his service and generous support at the Foundation however. He serves as Director Emeritus at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Board Director for Elsa U. Pardee Foundation, Board Director MidMichigan Health-Midland, Ambassador on the Council of Ambassadors at Eagle Village and is an active supporter and board member of the United Way.  The Reverend Mayton also has a strong commitment to the youth in our community; he serves as a volunteer in a variety of positions at multiple youth organizations including; North Midland Family Center, Camp Fire USA Midland, The Rock Youth Center and Midland Area Partnership for a Drug-Free Youth.  The Reverend Mayton is also involved in many other community-improvement activities such as the Community Advisory Panel for Dow Chemical-Michigan Division and the Circle Area Community Garden.  The Reverend Mayton is a graduate of Leadership Midland and of Great Lakes Bay Leadership Institute where he continues to serve as an Ambassador

“The Rev. Mayton’s countless hours of service to our community represent an investment of his time and considerable talent which made him a natural choice for this award,” said Craig McDonald, Chair of the Midland Area Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “We simply couldn’t be more honored to have been a recipient of his generosity not only at the Foundation but across the whole community.  There are few people in Midland who haven’t been touched by his kindness and it is our pleasure to honor him with the Philanthropist of the Year Award.”

The Philanthropist of the Year Award will be presented at the third annual Ripple Effect on October 27, 2011 at the Holiday Inn-Midland.  The public is invited but asked to RSVP to the Community Foundation at 989-839-9661.