RecognizeGood is proud to announce the most recent recipient of a RecognizeGood Lighthouse Award, Junior League of Austin! JLA was founded in 1934 with 50 charter members, and adding up the total impact on the Central Texas community since that time requires a calculator. Over the course of more than 80 years, just under 11,000 unique volunteers have contributed north of $35,000,000 (that’s MILLION) directly to local nonprofit organizations, and donated countless volunteer hours – in 2014 alone, over 130,000 volunteer hours were contributed to local nonprofits through the Junior League of Austin. Over 34,000 coats are collected for Central Texas youth through their signature Coats for Kids program – each year, for the last 27 years. The list of impacts made by JLA since its inception is truly astounding, and the organization was an obvious choice for the Lighthouse Award!
2015 – 2016 President Casie Wenmohs accepted the award on behalf of her incredible organization in a presentation at the Jewish Community Center. Andrew Cooper, partner at award sponsor iRex Group, Ltd. and president of TyRex Group, Ltd., presented an award plaque, two tickets to the 2016 Ethics in Business & Community Award luncheon, along with a donation to PET-Austin in the club’s name. RecognizeGood has also dedicated a PET (Personal Energy Transportation) vehicle in the club’s name. This recognition represented a sincere “Thank you!” from the Central Texas community for decades of selfless service. Following the presentation, more than 70 JLA leaders were treated to an enlightening diversity training session led by noted speaker Vicki Floyd Clark.
The RecognizeGood Lighthouse Award recognizes the selfless community efforts and philanthropy of Austin-area service clubs through length, magnitude or impact of service – by highlighting “special” organizations and telling their stories, we believe that others will be inspired to make our community a better place. Award nominees may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, and are voted on by a selection committee according to the following criteria:
- Length of Service
- Magnitude of Service
- Special One-Time Event
This was the seventh RecognizeGood Lighthouse Award presented to an Austin-area service organization. Previous award winners include Sertoma of Round Rock, Rotary Club of Lakeway / Lake Travis, Austin Downtown Founders Lions Club, Town & Country Optimists Club, Northwest Austin Kiwanis and Round Rock Kiwanis.