The American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Board recently had their annual holiday dinner. Gary Landis, the board chair, and his wife Anne were gracious hosts and outdid themselves with a beautiful Mexican-themed meal. The evening included two very well deserved awards. The Volunteers of the Year Award was given to Dick and Debra Shanahan, who have been the driving force behind the award winning Imagination Ball. The Above and Beyond Award was given to Dr. Loan Lam, an active board member who always steps up to help where needed, and who has acted as a liaison between the Marco office and the national American Cancer Society.
The board thanked Gary Landis, who is stepping down as chair of the ACS Volunteer Leadership Board. Rachel Schenk will assume her role as the new board chair at the first meeting of 2016. During Gary’s time on the ACS Board, total contributions rose from $300,000 to over $500,000. About this amazing increase, Gary says, “This is no accident, we have a hard working team,” noting that the addition of major fundraisers like “Shoot Down Kids Cancer” and “Shoot For ACure” helped contribute to the fundraising success. The Marco ACS gala, the Imagination Ball, has been recognized nationally, and Marco Island’s Relay for Life event was the third largest in the State of Florida this year. Gary wishes Rachel well, telling us that her “challenge will be to help our terrific staff keep the momentum going.” Although sad that Gary is stepping down, the board is excited to have Rachel step in, and we are confident in her ability to lead. As Gary says, and the board agrees: “I believe she will do an excellent job.”
Rachel says that her goal as Chair for the ACS Volunteer Leadership Board in 2016 is to “help fund lifesaving cancer research and bring awareness to the community about our organization.” She explained, “Each one of us has a story to tell. I am proud to be a part of the American Cancer Society and help save lives and fight cancer. It’s important that we help people take steps to prevent cancer.”
For more information on how you can help in the fight against cancer, contact the Marco Island American Cancer Society office at 239-642-8800.