LANSING, MI – Community leaders James and Judi Herbert and the Sparrow Foundation have received an Excellence in Fundraising award for their work in bringing the Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center to fruition. The Lansing couple and the Foundation were recently honored during a National Philanthropy Day event sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Capital Area Chapter. The local awards recognized outstanding achievements by individual, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers and professional fundraisers and those who had made a significant impact on society. The mid-Michigan region contributed $8.6 million toward the new Cancer Center, which opened in July and allows Sparrow a world-class healing environment for cancer Patients throughout the area. The Herberts, both of whom are cancer survivors who were treated at Sparrow, were driving forces in the project, joining with Sparrow Cancer Center Medical Director James Herman, M.D., and his wife Susan in donating a combined $2.5 million. “We are extremely pleased about the award and the recognition for the Sparrow Foundation and for ourselves,” said Judi Herbert. “We are so pleased and proud of this marvelous Cancer Center that we have in our midst. Most of all, we are gratified by the way in which the community joined in the effort to bring it to fruition.” The Foundation spent several years fundraising for the Cancer Center and promoting the benefits of having such an innovative and transformative facility here at home with no need for cancer Patients to go anywhere else. “Our Foundation team is more than the nine people on our staff – our Foundation family includes Sparrow Caregivers, Foundation Board members, volunteers, and committed donors, like the Herberts,” said Michelle Reynaert, Vice President, Sparrow Foundation. “To be recognized with the Award for Excellence in Fundraising from the AFP-CAC is truly an honor. We are passionate about our mission and work diligently to inspire philanthropy that strengthens care. To be recognized by our peers for this work carries great meaning for us.” Choose Wisely. Choose Sparrow.