Another season is behind us and your local American Cancer Society Unit continues to grow by adding new board members, a new Administrative Assistant and by developing a robust calendar for 2013-14. We cannot thank all of our volunteers, board members, business leaders and all of our citizens that have supported us this season by giving their time and their treasure to help us finish the fight. Our unit has been extremely successful and we are looking forward to continuing that trend with your help.
I am thrilled to welcome these three talented and passionate individuals to our board and look forward to their contributions to the community and the American Cancer Society:
Monte Lazarus is a retired attorney who after graduating from Yale Law School worked for the United States Civil Aeronautics Board and United Airlines. He is a long time resident of Marco Island who has served on numerous boards and committees over the years including the Planning Board, Fire Rescue Foundation, Code Enforcement Board, Marco Island Charter Middle School Board, Mackle Park Planning Committee and Veterans Park Planning Committee to name a few. Monte was also named Marco Island Citizen of the Year in 2011.
Rachel Schenk is a banking professional who currently serves as the Branch Manager for BMO Harris Bank in Marco Island. Prior to BMO Harris she spent 17 years with Bank of America in a series of positions with increasing responsibility. She attended the University of South Florida obtaining a bachelor’s degree from the College of Business Administration. Rachel is an avid tennis player and has participated in Relay For Life since 2006.
Dr. Daniel Wasserman is a board certified Dermatologist working for Riverchase Dermatology in Naples and Marco Island. Dr. Wasserman received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and did his internship at Stanford University and his Residency at the Boston University – Tufts University Combined Dermatology Program. He has been trained in advanced dermatology procedures and been published in numerous medical journals. He is also a board member of the Jewish Federation of Collier County.
I’d also like to introduce Sue Olszak as the new Administrative Assistant in our Marco Island Office. Sue has been a temporary in our office since February and we are excited to have her join us permanently. In her career Sue has worked as a Foreign Exchange Coordinator for Hull Trading Company, as an Operations Analyst for Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS), as a Reconciler at Harris Bank and as a Project and Budget Coordinator for Atherton Industries. Sue has hit the ground running by working with our volunteers, board members andlocal businesses as a staff partner for our Imagination Ball and Relay For Life. She was also the ACS contact for Shoot Down Kids Cancer and the Walker’s Marine Tarpon Fishing Tournament. Sue and her husband Kevin along with their three children John, Matt and Emily moved to Marco Island from Chicago in 2011 and are very active in the Marco Island community. Her kids attend Marco Island Charter Middle School and Marco Island Academy.
Finally, I’d like to share a few dates with you so you can mark your calendars and plan to join us in the upcoming weeks and months:
July 6, 2013, Chico’s Day – come to Chico’s Marco Island and meet some of our volunteers for Relay For Life and mention the American Cancer Society when you check out and a portion of sales will go to the American Cancer Society and Marco Island’s Relay For Life.
August 8, 2013, Stick a Fork in Cancer – local restaurants have the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer by donating a portion of proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Watch for signs designating participants and have a meal with them. Restaurants can contact us now to sign up and to obtain more information including exciting advertising opportunities with our sponsor WINK News.
September 12, 2013, Chico’s Shop for a Cause – Ovarian Research, a portion of all sales at locations in Naples and Marco Island will benefit Ovarian Cancer Research.
October TBD, Breast Cancer Awareness Month – We are planning a Luau Night with proceeds to benefit Breast Cancer Research. More details on date and location will be available soon.
January 19, 2014, Annual Golf Tournament – the American Cancer Society and the Island Country Club Charitable Foundation will partner to run their.
February 15, 2014, The Imagination Ball – Held at the Marco Island Marriott Beach and Spa to benefit all American Cancer Society Research and Programs.
March 22, 2014, 4th Annual Shoot Down Kids Cancer – At Port of the Islands Gun Club to benefit Pediatric Cancer Research.
April 12-13, 2014, Relay For Life – Held at Mackle Park to benefit all American Cancer Society Research and Programs.
April TBD, Walker’s Marine 2nd Annual Tarpon Fishing Tournament – with proceeds going to Brain Cancer Research.
It’s going to be a very busy and exciting summer and new year for us here at the Marco Island American Cancer Society Unit and all of these events need passionate volunteers and sponsors to ensure they are successful. Please contact Lisa or Sue for more details.
If you would like to find out more about The American Cancer Society or would like to volunteer to serve on a committee or as a board member, please contact Lisa Honig at 239-642-8800 ext. 3891