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Airlie Gardens' massive live oaks are among attractions free to county residents the first Sunday of each month for New Hanover County Family Fun Days. This month's free day is tomorrow, July 7. Photo courtesy New Hanover County.
Airlie Gardens’ massive live oaks are among attractions to be found at the site, located at 300 Airlie Road in Wilmington. Photo courtesy New Hanover County.

The Airlie Gardens Foundation has been named “Nonprofit Fundraising Board of the Year” by the Cape Fear Chapter of the Association of Funding Professionals.

The foundation received the award in a ceremony held at the Warwick Center on Thursday. The ceremony was part of National Philanthropy Day, which celebrates “the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society,” according to a release from New Hanover County.

“The Airlie Foundation received the award for their commitment to preserving the historic Airlie Gardens, growing the foundation’s endowment to $2 million, reaching record-breaking attendance at three signature events, embracing new leadership, and working tirelessly to forward the mission of the gardens,” the release stated.

Tara Duckworth, director of New Hanover County Parks & Gardens, praises the foundation in the release.

“Their dedication through strategic planning and financial leadership will serve the gardens well and protect the county’s asset for many years to come,” Duckworth is quoted as saying. “We are incredibly proud to have such a dedicated group of volunteers who support our mission.”