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Retired Novant Health oncologist, Dr. Elms Allen and his wife, Harriet, receive Lifetime Achievement Award



The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Triad Chapter recently recognized Dr. Elms and Mrs. Harriet Allen with the Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy award. The couple was honored at the organization’s 24th National Philanthropy Luncheon in November 2016. This prestigious luncheon honors those who have made significant endeavors to transform our Triad area communities through their philanthropic giving, volunteer efforts or professional service to the nonprofit field.

Nominated by Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Allen have been generous donors to numerous organizations in the area, including the United Way of Forsyth County, Samaritan Ministries, Street School, First Presbyterian Church, the Winston Salem Symphony, and the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation.

Dr. Allen began his time at Forsyth Medical Center as an oncologist and became vice president of medical affairs, and furthered his career as major gifts officer for Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation.

“Always leading by example, Elms continues to give generously of his time, treasure, and talent to many community institutions,” said Heather Egan, a development officer at Novant Health Forysth Medical Center Foundation, in her nomination. “He is committed to the success of the organizations he serves through his dedication to mission, passion for ‘sharing their story,’ and commitment to collaboration and community building.”

A Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation cancer fund has been renamed the Elms Allen Cancer Fund, and will be used to give support to cancer patients. The change was created to honor Dr. Elms Allen’s retirement from Novant Health after many years of service. Allen was instrumental in the creation of Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center.

Donate today to the Elms Allen Cancer Fund