Gift of cOURAGE

   Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe

Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe


I was extremely fortunate to be raised in a family where I was told every single day that I could be anything I wanted to if I put my mind to it, worked hard, had courage and believed in myself. This constant encouragement provided me the foundation to go out into the world and realize my dreams as well as giving me the confidence and bravery to always speak up and stand up for myself. I truly believe that this kind of encouragement, combined with important lessons about the power of community and helping others when they need a hand, are the best gifts we can give our children.

Those values that my parents instilled in me, which in turn, my husband and I have passed on to our children, is why I created the Gift of Courage Fund, whose primary focus is to help girls and young women recognize their full potential and the bright future that awaits them, as well as helping women realize a safe and nurturing place in the workforce. Please join me on this journey to learn more about the people and organizations helped by Gift of Courage fund, and share inspiring stories of volunteerism and community commitment of your own.

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