Featured: Pat Reynolds, Charity & Social Justice
For those who do not know Pat Reynolds, she is a savvy business woman who raised two children on her own. With her two daughters, she worked her way up the entrepreneurial ladder landing on top with a profitable catering business working with contract from IBM, Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola, Merill Lynch, and Dean Witter. With all of her success, Pat could retire and enjoy a peaceful life.
Now 80 years old, Pat is working harder than ever as a volunteer, fundraiser and advocate in the community. She has been an active volunteer and donor at St. Stephan's House for more than a decade. She has also been a long-time member of the Christ Child Society. Pat inspires other to join her as she leverages resources to ensure and sustain quality childcare, maternal and infant health initiatives and education programs in neighborhoods that are under-served.
In one case, Pat garnered a group of prominent women to work collectively to renovate a dreary vacant facility into fully-furnished dorm rooms filled with life and hope for 100 women and girls escaping from human sex trafficking.
Pat has a knack for pulling others into the trenches with her, whether filling 8500 book bags for at risk youth, distributing hundreds of layettes to new mothers, or serving Thanksgiving dinner to 200 senior citizens. She works on grant funding, she hosts community conversations in her home, and calls in favors when it means changing people's lives. Pat's passion is fueled by her belief that all children and their families, regardless of the socioeconomic background, should be able to live life with the most basic of needs being met - food, education and self-sufficiency. Each day, Pat works to make sure the her beliefs become reality for children and families in need.