Noblesville couple receives philanthropic award

From left, Juanita and Jim Harger and Barbara Harger Lotridge, the couple’s daughter, receive the Living Legacy Award on Nov. 8. (Photo provided by the Legacy Fund)

Jim and Juanita Harger received the Legacy Fund Living Legacy Award for their philanthropic contributions to Noblesville and Hamilton County during Celebration of Philanthropy on Nov. 8.

The Hargers were the fourth recipients of the Living Legacy Award. Created by Legacy Fund, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, the award recognizes Hamilton County residents for their philanthropic contributions to the community.

Jim Harger is active in First United Methodist church, served on the Noblesville Township Advisory Board and the Board of Wainwright Bank and Trust, and was also the Founding President of Legacy Fund. In addition to her 15-year career as a school counselor, Juanita Harger has held leadership positions in church, clubs and organizations in Noblesville. She joined Tri Kappa Sorority and became president, and was also the Founding President of the Noblesville-Hamilton Southeastern Public Library Foundation. The couple is also dedicated to the arts in Noblesville, the Theater Guild and the Cultural Arts Commission. Previous recipients include The Crosser family, The Beck family and Judi Campbell, M.D.

“The Hargers represent the best of Hamilton County and our community, and are truly the embodiment of philanthropy,” said Terry Anker, President, Legacy Fund. “They have given their time, talent and treasure in support of people, education and community, and we all have benefited from their dedication and gifts.”

An annual event, Celebration of Philanthropy was held at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, and in addition to the award ceremony, featured a showcase of 47 of the county’s not-for-profit organizations as well as a performance by comedian Dave Dugan. Approximately 450 people attended the event.

Robert Herrington

Managing editor of Current in Noblesville. A 1999 graduate of Noblesville High School, Herrington has been covering Noblesville and Hamilton County as a journalist since 2004. The military brat lived all over the east coast before calling Noblesville home since 1994. He and his wife, Maggie, live in the community with their baby daughter (and youngest Boston Red Sox fan), Caroline. From school board to common council meetings, First Friday events and summer concerts in the city parks, Herrington loves to attend and cover all that Noblesville has to offer.

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