A local family will be honored this month for their history of philanthropy in Tucson, which includes establishing and operating 12 private foundations that support not-for-profit organizations.

The Lohse family will receive the Generations of Commitment Award from the Pima Council on Aging on April 20 during the Generations Gala at Loews Ventana Canyon.

The award recognizes people who actively volunteer and serve as advocates for senior citizens.

The foundations, which are collectively called the Tucson Foundations, offer grants to not-for-profit organizations, as well as supporting programs, operating expenses, emergency funds, capital campaigns and endowments for those groups.

"The Lohse family and its stewardship of 12 private foundations have a long and generous history and commitment to the well-being of Tucson, its citizens and our nonprofit community," said Adaline Klemmedson, gala committee chairwoman.

The family's involvement in philanthropy spans five generations, starting with Leslie Albert Lohse, who helped create the Marshall Foundation in 1930, according to a news release from the Pima Council on Aging.

The Marshall Foundation was the first private foundation incorporated in Arizona.

His son, Ashby Lohse, created the first of the Tucson Foundations in 1957, when the Mulcahy Foundation was incorporated.

The last entity, the Lohse Foundation, was created in 2002, a year after Ashby Lohse died.

His son Robert Lohse serves as a director of Tucson Foundations along with his daughter-in-law Linda Lohse, granddaughters Jennifer Lohse and Patricia Lohse, and Jason DePizzo.

"We're gratified the community has recognized our contribution to them," said Linda Lohse. "It just validates everything we've done."

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