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NPD 2017 Awardees!

AFP-NM is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 National Philanthropy Day Awards:

Oustanding Business/Coporation in Philanthropy

Allen Theatres  Allen Theatres Inc. is a family owned New Mexico based movie exhibitor.  Starting with a single screen "Opera House" showing silent films in Farmington, NM in 1912; Allen Theatres currently operates 18 locations, 121 screens, in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.  Over the century, Allen Theatres has proven to be a place for all people to come together to enjoy a common experience- to laugh, cry and clap together.

Allen Theatres loves to be a participant and active in each of our communities.  We support them through both continual company growth and philanthropic activities.  We love to be the first employer to many youth and future leaders of New Mexico. 

Oustanding Foundation in Philanthropy

Carl Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Family Foundation  The mission of the Anderson Charitable Foundation is to address the basic needs of children, seniors and people with disabilite, In addition, the Foundation makes grants to medical research organizations  seeking cures for catastrophic diseases. IN the last ten years, the Foundation has granted approcimately $14 million to over 100 worthy agencies in New Mexico.


Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - TIE

Laura Coniff  Laura Conniff is Associate Broker with Steinborn & Associates Real Estate in Las Cruces. As founder and co-chair of New Mexico State University's Tough Enough to Wear Pink, Laura found her most impassioned role which combined her dedication to NMSU, and her own experience with breast cancer to bring awareness to all those who may face breast cancer in their lives. Laura served on the New Mexico State University Board of Regents, including as Chairman of the Board, Vice President, and Secretary and Treasurer, from 2002 through 2012.  She is a member of the Las Cruces Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, the Las Cruces Junior League, and many more professional and civic organizations. She is an NMSU College of Business Hall of Fame Inductee, was named Las Cruces Junior League Volunteer of the Year, and has received the Las Cruces Mayor's Distinguished Service Award.  Laura holds her Bachelors in Business Administration with Honors from New Mexico State University. She and her husband, John, have two children, four grandchildren. 

Melissa Rosen Frankel


Outstanding NM Leaders in Philanthropy

Ted and Margaret Jorgensen


Outstanding Professional Fundraiser

Christie Baskett





Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Awards

Outstanding Youth in Philanthopy

Angelo Santistevan Angelo is a 7th grader at Garfield Middle School in Albuquerque. He has years-long history of community involvement, working with his mother and grandmother on personal and local outreach programs. His most recent project was to coordinate a collaborative effort between famillies and community partners, such as the Kiwanis Builders Club, to distribute Thanksgiving boxes - not only to families within his school, but also to families and individuals in the community. Again at Christmas, he and his classmates "adopted" families in need and found volunteers willing to donate toys to them. Angelo recognizes the meaning of community and his role in it. He has learned that the smallest gesture of kindness performed for another person can start to change the world.


Outstanding Teen in Philanthropy

Mackenzie Jarrell Mackenzie is a 9th grader at Albuquerque Academy. From an early age she has been passionate about serving those in her local and global commmunities, and has founded several school-based service organizations. Mackenzie has worked to raise money and support for charities including New Day, Watermelon Ranch, Wounded Warriors, Read to Excel, Roadrunner Food Bank as well as for earthquake victims. She was a member of the Academy's 2017 State Chamionship Girls' Varsity Swim Team and Junior Varsity Track Team. She has a younger brother, Jackson, and baby sister, Alexandria. Mackenzie's parents, US Army Veterans Robin and Bobby Jarrell, have instilled in her the responsibilites of service and giving back to those who are less fotunate.


Outstanding Young Nonprofit Professional

Julia Mandeville








Outstanding Young Board Member

Samuel J. Baca  Samuel J. Baca was born and raised in Albuquerque and is a graduate of St. Pius X High School. He received his BA in Business Management and MBA from UNM. Sam and his wife Krista have two children, Jacob, 11, and Sway, 5. Sam is executive vice-president/co-owner of AUI, Inc. - one of New Mexico's largest heavy highway/civil construction companies. He believes in giving back to the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Junior Achievement of NM and Holman's Foundation for Autism.


Congratulations to the 2017 NPD awardees who will be honored at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Thursday, November 2, 2017. Individual tickets, tables of ten and sponsorships are available for purchase online here.