Marilu Henner - 2014 Keynote Speaker

Marilu Henner
2014 Keynote Speaker


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Patsy Dumas

2014 Dedication Award Honoree

Patsy Dumas Patsy Dumas exemplifies the image of a female role model who has shown positive aspects in all aspects of her life.

Her family is a very important part of her life. She has 6 children and 19 grandchildren and has always been active in their lives. She has been a role model for her children as they are now active in their communities as leaders and volunteers.

Patsy has dedicated her life to helping others. She has a vision for new projects and fundraisers, and after she has the vision she follows through every detail until the job is completed. Most of the projects that she is involved with are related to health, and that is natural because of her formal training as a registered nurse. Mental health and dental health have been her focus, but if there is a need in other areas she is first to volunteer to help.

Patsy was an integral member of the committee that initiated and executed the very first Saints Alive! for Bishop Dwenger High School over thirty years ago and hasn’t stopped since. She has chaired their annual Christmas luncheon for 19 years and co-chaired an annual trip to Europe as a fund raiser for over 20 years. Patsy's role as a Girl Scout Leader has transformed the lives of numerous young ladies in the community acting as troop leader from 1974-1991, receiving numerous local and National Awards, as well as taking the girls on trips to Europe, Trinidad & Tobago, and Iceland. Patsy joined the Board of Board of the Carriage House in 2002 and served as President since 2003. She worked to develop the very first Dancing with the Fort Wayne Stars event and is currently serving as chairperson. To date over a million dollars has been raised to support The Carriage House from this event. Patsy's contributions to the Carriage House board have been profound and lasting. She has been a mentor, confidant, cheerleader, advisor, and friend. Patsy has been a member of the Dental Alliance for 45 years, serving many different positions on the local, state and national level, serving as national president in 2013-2014. Patsy has been a member of Psi lota Xi Sorority since 1970 where she has held numerous board and chair positions and is still active with the group.

Patsy contributions to the Fort Wayne Community are beyond measure. She has raised over a million dollars, has chaired countless committees and been in numerous leadership positions and Boards of Directors. Patsy is a mother, a grandmother, a leader, a friend and a role model for women of all ages.

“I believe in the importance of supporting the community in which you live and offering opportunities to help improve the lives of others. I have been so fortunate to have met and worked with so many individuals who share my belief” – Patsy M. Dumas

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