Attorney John T. Midgett of Virginia Beach recently received the 13th annual Barron F. Black Community Builder award from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The annual award honors a Hampton Roads professional advisor for outstanding community service, support of philanthropy and dedication to improving life in Hampton Roads. Midgett is founder and a shareholder in Midgett Preti Olansen in Virginia Beach, which specializes in estate planning, estate administration and taxation, estate and trust litigation, and family business planning.

He is an advocate for philanthropy in Hampton Roads where he has led the regional Estate Planning Council, Gift Planning Council, Financial Planning Association and the Society of Financial Service Professionals plus two Virginia State Bar sections. He recently was elected secretary of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. At the Hampton Roads Community Foundation he is a member of the Professional Advisors Committee and the Community Leadership Partners.

As part of Midgett’s award, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation presented a $5,000 grant in his honor to a nonprofit he recommended – Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth. His award also included a painting by Virginia Beach artist Shirley Hurd Anderson.

The annual community builder award is named for Barron F. Black, a Norfolk attorney who served as the community foundation’s first board chair from 1950 until his death in 1974. He was a founder of Vandeventer Black LLP and was a philanthropist and community volunteer.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is southeastern Virginia’s largest grant and scholarship provider. Since 1950 it has provided more than $282 million in grants and scholarships to make life better in Hampton Roads. Learn more at