Message from the President
Dear Valued Supporters,
We are in a fight for our lives. This lingering pandemic has given us another reason for pause and to evaluate our actions. It is up to each one of us to do our part in educating our village so that we are all safe. Don’t rely on hearsay, don’t rely upon history, but look around and see who is no longer here because they did not get vaccinated, and they did not trust the science! We know there are no guarantees, but your chances of being infected increase exponentially without being vaccinated.
Almost 3,400 new cases in L.A. County today! That’s the reality. Don’t be a statistic. Our only defense is to get vaccinated and continue to wear our mask to protect our loved ones! I have been vaccinated and I look forward to receiving my booster shot. What about you? Be the change you want to see and inspire someone else. As we prepare for our upcoming fundraiser, “Torch Awards on The Greens,” we are kicking off the event with an online auction. This will give you an opportunity to support our fundraiser remotely. The following link will take you to the auction site: Legacy Ladies Auction. We will be adding new items up until the day of the golf tournament, so please check back for new items. All proceeds will benefit our scholarship fund, and our best practice, “From the School House to The White House Leadership Academy.” This month’s newsletter we are highlighting the newest member of Legacy Ladies, Inc., Lady Pat Smith. We are very fortunate to have her as part of our organization. She brings a wealth of knowledge regarding non-profits and fundraising. Please take a few minutes to read her story. Again, we are grateful for your support for making it possible for young ladies in our leadership academy an opportunity to soar.
President & CEO
New Member Highlight
Lady Pat Smith
Ms. Smith has over 20 years’ experience in management, sales, and operations working in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Ms. Smith’s entry into the nonprofit sector was with United Way of Greater Los Angeles as a Loaned Executive. United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a 100-year-old organization focused on providing program services to address housing, education, and economic stability. She was responsible for managing a campaign portfolio of annual workplace campaigns in the advertising, and manufacturing sectors.
Upon leaving United Way she served as Executive Director of Community Health Charities of California a statewide health nonprofit composed of local, regional, and national health partners. Health partners, for example, included such groups as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Alzheimer’s Association, City of Hope, Easter Seals Southern California, American Heart Association, and Susan G. Komen. As executive director she was responsible for operations, administration, personnel, new business development, partner agency relationships, and management of a campaign portfolio of annual workplace campaigns of $1.2 million in revenue. Ms. Smith is currently the Executive Director of EarthShare California a statewide environmental nonprofit that brings together leading local, regional, and global environmental and conservation groups. The organization’s mission and purpose are to protect, support and improve California's natural heritage of clean air, safe water, diverse wildlife, promote environmental justice, healthy communities, and families by raising funds in the public and private sectors. As executive director her responsibilities entail operations, administration, personnel, new business development, stakeholder relationships, finance operations, and management of a campaign portfolio of annual workplace campaigns of $500,000 in revenue. Ms. Smith admits that she is a political “junkie” and follows several podcasts and online communities. Her other hobbies and interests are jogging, reading, and the pursuit of learning. She aspires to use her knowledge, contacts and skill sets to further the mission and vision of Legacy Ladies.
Torch Awards on the Greens
On August 30, 2021, we will have our inaugural charity golf tournament, “Torch Awards on The Greens.” If you are a non-golfer, please join us at the V.I.P. reception and awards banquet following the golf tournament. For additional information, please go to our website, www.legacyladiesinc.com
Our mission is to be a premier organization that transforms the lives of disenfranchised girls. We foster character, confidence and grace through our academic and experiential programs; with the goal of developing extraordinary thinkers who are courageous leaders that will become productive global citizens.