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The following volunteers were recognized at the 2013 Impact Awards in recognition of their service to Komen Dallas County and their contributions toward our promise to find the cures.
Last year we awarded the very first Christine Griffith Lifetime Volunteer award, named after a woman who showed us all how to lead through her service to the cause. This year’s Christine Griffith Lifetime Volunteer award goes to a woman who has dedicated has persevered the odds both through her fight with breast cancer but also through her tenacious spirit helped to revitalize the Affiliate and our Race. While this individual was finishing up her breast cancer treatments and still running her company, she accepted the role of Race chair. So many held great respect for her efforts after that first Race that there is now a Thriver Award named after her. Through her focus and determination she helped to strengthen the Affiliate through the recruitment of key community leaders. After her time as Race chair, she served on the Komen Dallas County board of directors. If that wasn’t enough when she finished serving on the board of directors, she accepted the role of grants chair where she led the Affiliate in strengthening the grants program. There are so many things we can say about our recipient of this year’s Christine Griffith Lifetime Volunteer award but none would mean nothing without saying “thank you” Carol Roehrig. Thank you for your time, your perseverance, energy and leadership for almost a decade.
There are so many moving parts of our Race and every year we depend on so many to help us put it together. An area that can be most events greatest challenge has been the least of our concerns over the past six years, specifically because of the efforts of one volunteer. That area is our onsite registration at NorthPark where we accept more than 4,000 in person registrations the week of the Race and this volunteer helps to make it all run like clockwork. She had a vision for how this area would run and she never looked back. Kathy is a dynamo, so much so that we asked her to chair the Race and we were lucky enough that she said “yes” and chaired it for two years. She is still committed to serving in on our registration committee and we could not be more grateful.
The New Volunteer is given to a volunteer with one year of service and who has committed themselves above all the rest. LaKisha began volunteering with Komen Dallas County in March of last year and since that time she has volunteered for over 25 events, sits on our Education and Impact Awards Committee’s & was featured in our New Promise Campaign. On top of all that she has become a wonderful friend to everyone in our office, we’re pleased to announce LaKisha Wells as our 2013 Outstanding New Volunteer.
Komen Dallas County Champion – Jan Lucio
Jan is a five year breast cancer survivor who first attended volunteer training in the summer of 2011. While Jan was still working for the Richardson School District she dedicated her summer vacation to volunteering in the Affiliate office working on a range of projects to support the staff. Jan is a consistent face in our Affiliate office. Whether it was helping us prepare for our recent office move or supporting different data entry projects – Jan is always up for the challenge. In addition to volunteering in our Affiliate office, Jan also supports Affiliate events including our Team Captain Kick off and Annual Thank You party. As a member of our speakers bureau Jan represents the Affiliate at educational talks and events to support fundraising efforts. Jan is also an honored member of Komen Dallas County’s Pink Honor Roll. The Pink Honor Roll consists of the top 100 Race Fundraising participants. As a three year returning member, Jan has raised more than $8,700 to help provide assistance to underserved women needing breast health services in Dallas County.
This year’s community service group has done their service through the use of their profession. This group taught us the A, B, Cs of the legalities around so many things. From contracts, to leases, to trademarks and more the talent of the attorneys at this firm have given our Affiliate more than 60 hours in legal assistance and review. They do this all pro bono. The 2013 Community Service Group award goes to the law firm of Jackson Walker.