Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Winston-Salem
Nominated by Crossnore School & Children's Home
Julia Chandler is a donor and a volunteer member of the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees of Crossnore School and Children’s Home. There, she volunteers her time to work with other board members to develop strategies around fundraising.
Julia served as the Event Chairwoman for Crossnore School and Children’s Home’s first ever large fundraising event in Winston-Salem. She managed logistics for the entire event, assigning roles to other committee members, participating in fundraising for sponsorships, soliciting ticket sales, and engaging third-party vendors. In addition to event oversight, Julia was in charge of the smallest details - name cards, decorations, signature cocktails, flatware, dishes, menu, and more. In the end, the event was a tremendous success, completely sold out, and raised just shy of $200,000!
Since that time, Julia and a group of her friends have also volunteered to be one of Crossnore’s cottage sponsors. The role of the cottage sponsor is to act in sort of a "grandparent" role for the kids in the cottage and their cottage parents. For example, cottage sponsors might plan and decorate for a kid's birthday party or hang out on the weekend and play board games, throw a frisbee or read books to kids in the cottage. The role of the cottage sponsor makes the kids feel special and gives the cottage parents a much-needed break.
Julia’s dedication of time and resources has made a difference in the lives of children at Crossnore. She has engaged others in the mission of the program and her vision helped broaden Crossnore’s reach through a new, successful fundraising event.
"Philanthropy is the opportunity to give to a cause that is your passion. It is to give, not just money, but time and talents. It is to give, not out of obligation, but out of love."
- Julia Chandler
Pictured (bottom): Brett Loftis, CEO of Crossnore School & Children's Home and Amanda Fitzgerald, Director of Development, present Julia Chandler with her award.