April 2, 2012
Lund Heart of the Community Awards
Photos and Story by Cat Cutillo/Lund
Lund celebrated the innovative and enduring contributions Sherry Prehoda, Leslie Halperin and Carol Stone have made to the community during the first Lund Heart of the Community Awards, which took place March 29th at the Burlington Country Club.
Sherry Prehoda has been a CPA for 20 years and is a partner at JMM & Associates in Burlington. Prehoda is a member of the Burlington Rotary Club, Burlington Business Association, Women Business Owners Network and has been a member of Lund’s Board of Trustees for more than 10 years. She previously served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Board of Accountancy and Vermont Society of CPA’s.
“No one could be more deserving than Sherry of this award. She has done so much for Lund and our community. She is one of the kindest people I know,” said Lund’s Executive Director Barbara Rachelson.
Leslie Halperin is the Founder and CEO of The Clothes Exchange, a mission driven social enterprise dedicated to turning clothing into cash for community benefit. Halperin previously led social mission programs at Ben & Jerry’s and was the Communications Coordinator for Vermont Governor’s Commission on Women. Halperin was the recipient of Ben & Jerry’s “Golden Cone Award” and “The Visiting Nurse Associations Community Service Award.”
“Years ago I was reading Real Simple Magazine and read about this very cool group of women that met once a year and did a clothes exchange. The article featured Leslie and her amazing vision. I cannot believe what a fabulous and successful organization and vision Leslie has created that has helped so many,” said Rachelson.
Carol Stone has been a Senior Associate at Lang, McLaughry, Spera for the past 34 years. Her contributions to the community have included serving on the Board of the Stern Center for Language and Learning, Board Secretary for Landings Condominium Association, a past board member of the University of Vermont Regional Board, past Board of Director of the Vermont State Olympic Committee, past member of MCHV Associates Board, past division volunteer for United Way, past member of Major Gifts Committee Fletcher Allen Renaissance Project, past member of the Shelburne Museum Big Apple Circus Benefit Committee, a past volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club and the past Board of Director of the Burlington Tennis Club.
“Carol is such a wonderful and giving person. She has been a great supporter and friend of Lund and so many other organizations in our community,” said Rachelson. “I consider myself fortunate to know all three of these incredible women. They inspire me and so many other in our community.”
Lund serves more than 5,000 individuals annually and focuses on three goals: strengthening families, reducing child abuse and neglect, and helping to create new families through adoption. Its mission is to help children thrive by serving families with children, pregnant or parenting teens and young adults, and adoptive families. Lund recently embarked on a Capital Campaign to raise $3.5 million to move it’s Adoption, Early Childhood Program, New Horizons Education Program, Development and Business offices out of scattered rental space and under one roof on 50 Joy Drive in South Burlington. Rachelson says the move will have an enormous impact on Lund’s ability to serve clients and the community.
We thank all who accompanied us at the Burlington Country Club event last night and also those who could not make it but supported the honorees and sponsored the event. It was a wonderful evening of friendship and laughter. Lund raised more than $30,000 to build hope and opportunity for children and families in need.
Congratulations to Sherry, Leslie and Carol!
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