Cole Receives Prestigious Don Poole Award

Ten philanthropic advisors recognized for growing local charitable giving

February 27, 2020

Dawn Cole, a retired attorney at McDonough Holland & Allen law offices, was awarded the Foundation’s prestigious Don Poole Award last week for her significant contributions to the growth of philanthropy in the region.

Cole is the tenth to receive the honor, which is awarded to professional advisors in the region who exemplify commitment to charitable causes, devotion to educating clients about charitable giving, and mentorship of fellow advisors to support their own clients’ philanthropy.

Cole, accepting the Don Poole Award as Poole's widow looks on.

“Throughout her career, Dawn has had numerous discussions with clients about the importance of philanthropy and, to this day, Dawn displays a personal commitment to philanthropy,” said Linda Beech Cutler, the Foundation’s chief executive.

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Cole and the Foundation's Board Chair, Marty Steiner

Cole has served as president of the Sacramento Women Lawyers Bar association, as president of the Sacramento County Bar Estate Planning and Probate section, as a member of the American Red Cross Planned Giving Committee, and as a member of the Sacramento Estate Planning Council. She is currently on the Board for Street Soccer USA and has served on the Board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Greater Sacramento Chapter and serves as President of the Sacramento Valley Women’s Soccer League.

“I worked so closely with Don Poole over a 30-year period, so this is just the most special honor,” Cole said after she was surprised with the Award at the Foundation’s annual Bridge Builders event to recognize professional advisors who foster philanthropy in the capital area.

Cole was selected by her peers to receive the Award, which is named for Poole, an estate planning attorney and former Foundation board member, who left an inspiring legacy for fellow advisors when he died in 2009. He and Cole worked alongside each other for decades at the McDonough Holland & Allen law firm, and together enabled their clients to make a difference through their charitable giving.

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Daniel A. Raymond, Valley Wealth Strategies, accepts his Bridge Builder Award

During the reception on Thursday, the Foundation also honored ten Bridge Builders, advisors who referred clients to the Foundation to open charitable funds during the past year. Because of their efforts, a number of funds with diverse charitable purposes were brought to the Foundation in 2019, inspiring philanthropic giving in the region.

Awardees and the charitable funds they referred were:

Donna L. Courville, Boutin Jones, Inc.
The Dr. Robert and Joanne Andresen Foundation (Yolo Community Foundation)
Frederick Harrold Family Fund 2
James L Leet and Patricia McCarty-Leet Family Fund
Shulman Family Fund (Lodi Community Foundation)

Mark S. Drobny, Drobny Law Offices
Denis Speaks - Denis O'Shea Memorial Fund

Amanda E. Johnson, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Easter M. Green Charitable Foundation

Daniel A. Raymond, Valley Wealth Strategies
Helm & Mary Haas Fund (Lodi Community Foundation)

Jeanette M. Salkin, Trainor Fairbrook Attorneys at Law
Joseph and Teresa Luchi Legacy Fund

Pam Szkodzinski, Valley Wealth Strategies
Helm & Mary Haas Fund (Lodi Community Foundation)

Kent W. Silvester, Boutin Jones, Inc.
Vern C. Jones Charitable Fund

Peter Frederick, Wells Fargo Advisors
Gedestad Family Trust 2

Tom DeMarois, Merrill Lynch
Al and Millie Kahane Food Fund

Manny Carbahal, Carbahal & Company
Hay Family Fund (Yolo Community Foundation)