For the News Tribune
FROSTBURG - The Community Trust Foundation posthumously honored Dr. Harry Boggs at their second annual Humanitarian Event on Thursday, Nov. 1.
The reception/dinner was held at the Lane Center at Frostburg State University, with over 100 people in attendance.
The criteria utilized to select the first Humanitarian recipient included personal and professional accomplishments consistent with the goals of the foundation as evident by their own example to serve as a philanthropic leader in growing stronger and more vibrant communities, to demonstrate an ethic of kindness, benevolence, and active compassion, which is extended both universally and impartially, and to understand the true art of giving, seeks to humbly make a difference and does not seek personal gain. Upon learning of his selection, Flo Boggs, his wife, shared that her husband would have been both "honored and humbled."
In the acceptance comments to guests, his son, Mark Boggs, graciously offered the following, "Dad helped make Mineral County and the region a special place for many people…not only for those who live here, but also for those who live around the world that know precisely where Keyser, W.Va., is located.
"He was a God fearing man who was no stranger to hard work…but never on Sunday…and once told me that God created lights so we could work after dark…an idea that I really didn't think was too funny during my teenage years."
In using CTF as the vehicle for making philanthropic dreams a reality, the Boggs family, through the support offered as a match by the Keyser business community, as well as by many friendships made throughout his lifetime, has created the "Dr. Harry W. Boggs Youth Development Fund."
Fostering leadership in today's youth was part of his legacy.
A regional visionary, Dr. Boggs was an optometrist by profession and also served as chairman of Boggs Supply Company.
Additionally, he was a retired Captain of Aviation with the U.S. Navy, in which he served as a commanding officer with two tours in the Pentagon Naval Command Center and National Navy Reserve Policy Board, as well as traveling to more than 50 countries logging 8,150 flight hours and 31 years of service.
Called a "quiet giant" by fellow business leaders, Dr. Boggs was best known for his extensive volunteer work and dedication to the community of Keyser and to Mineral County.
A lifetime active member of Keyser Presbyterian Church, Dr. Boggs was past president of the Keyser Rotary Club, 50-year member of Davis Lodge #51, AF and AM, director of the Keyser Main Street Program, past president of the Mineral County Development Authority, past president and former director of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, past area chairman of the County United Way, past president of the Mineral County Industrial Development Corporation, financial chairman of the Queens/Meadow Point Cemetery Corporation, United Board of Trustees of Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, Board of Trustees of Sunnyside Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, Va.; Mineral County Republican Club finance chairman, past member of the West Virginia Board of Optometry, member of West Virginia Optometric Association, director of the former National Bank of Keyser, Western Maryland Health System Memorial Board, member of the Executive Board of Potomac Council Boy Scouts of America, member of Boyce Houser Post 41 American Legion, member of VFW Post 318, American Field Service founding president in 1965 and past member of the West Virginia Regional Jail and Prison Authority.
Page 2 of 2 - He's been described as "a humble leader" and "a community father" by all who knew him and now, he will forever be the Community Trust Foundation's 2012 Humanitarian Award recipient.
In 2006, the Community Trust Foundation was founded locally to facilitate this type of targeted philanthropy. The late Robert Ebert established CTF with a small group of business and civic leaders who shared his interest in advancing the region by building philanthropic resources.
Now serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral counties, CTF is an organization committed to building vibrant, strong communities by working in partnership with donors and community groups providing leadership to address community issues. A range of fund options are available to meet the unique needs of donors.
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