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Helena couple honored with philanthropy award

The Helena Area Community Foundation to announced that Margaret Corcoran and Jim Madden have been selected as the Steve Browning “Spirit of Philanthropy” Award Winners for 2022.

The award is named for Steve Browning, one of the founding members of the Helena Area Community Foundation. Steve was well known for his generosity in time, talent,and funding in supporting non-profits in Helena. He passed away in 2018.

Helena natives Margaret Corcoran and Jim Madden are the kind of philanthropists who usually prefer to work behind the scenes. Married 42 years and parents to two daughters, Molly and Lucy, Margaret Corcoran, former long term HACF board member, and her husband, Jim Madden, attorney for the Department of Environmental Quality, owned Benny’s Bistro in Helena for 22 years. Margaret ran the kitchen, and Jim hosted and made sure everyone, including Uncle Sam, got paid.

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Now that Margaret and Jim are retired, they remain committed to volunteering in the community, mainly for Food Share.

Jim rides the rescue food truck, while Margaret does monthly cooking demonstrations. Great lovers of the outdoors, Margaret and Jim can now be found exploring

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