AFP represents 12 western Pennsylvania counties and West Virginia.
During the award presentation, held on the 27th Annual National Philanthropy Day celebration, it was noted that, “Winner Sed is an inspiration for others, demonstrating outstanding civic responsibility and positively impacting an entire community through her leadership and enthusiasm. She is proof that one person’s vision of hope and change can quietly impact the lives of so many.’’
Winner Sed was nominated for the award in May and chosen due to support letters written by Jack Janoso, CEO Sharon Regional Health System; Rich Hudic, executive deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development; and Secretary Allen Walker, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. AFP cited her belief that a strong arts presence can transform a city is a consistent motivation to help make positive change.
In additional to establishing the James E. Winner Jr. Arts & Culture Center to promote arts and culture within the Sharon community, she also was an instrumental part of spearheading WaterFire Sharon and the ongoing replication of a Manchester Bidwell Training Center in the Shenango Valley.
Winner Sed also leads and supports Shoe Our Children, Students for Charity, Sharon Regional Health System and Community Foundation of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.