Dr. Wilhelmena Mack sets lofty goal as president of the 1000+ Club
From Kevin Lane and Betty Young
The newly elected President of the 1000+ Club to Benefit Cancer, Inc., Dr. Wilhelmena Mack brings an impressive array of organizational and management skills to the non-profit best known for its annual Women of the Year Fundraising Luncheon. For more than 35 years, Dr. Mack has held leadership positions with some of the most important health care institutions and management firms in South Florida.
“Building on the success of 30 years of recognizing and honoring community based non-profits and the Women of the Year that represent them, the 1000+ Club to Benefit Cancer has been the ‘role model’ for countless other non-profits,” Dr. Mack enthused. “Cancer touches almost everyone’s life, and the 1000+ Club has been acknowledged as an innovative and dynamic organization that raises funds and awareness for cancer research and care.” Over $3.6 million has been raised through fundraisers and dues.
The goal to increase member-ship to 1000+ has been enthusiastically embraced by the Executive Board and indeed, the Chairs and committee members of the Women of the Year luncheon/fundraiser, according to Dr. Marietta Glazer, Co-Chair of the Luncheon and VP Ways and Means. “Wilhelmena has been setting goals all of her life, and exceeding them. By calling upon our friends, family and business colleagues to join, we can increase membership and ultimately our yearly funding significantly!”
This year’s theme is ‘Wishes Granted,’ and it’s in line with awarding grants for up to $50,000.00 to non-profit organizations in support of cancer research, cancer education, and cancer patient services.
Last year, over $150,000 was raised, the bulk of which came through sponsorships, the program journal and tickets to the Women of the Year Luncheon. Those grants will be awarded at a Membership & Grant Luncheon planned for Friday, Oct. 23, 2012 at the Signature Grand. Tickets are $65.00 per person.
The ‘Main Event’ – the Women of the Year Luncheon – takes place at the Signature Grand on April 17. Money raised at the WOY Luncheon, as well as money raised at the several special events leading up to the luncheon, support select non-profit organizations in Broward County to support cancer research, cancer education and cancer patient services. The luncheon was the brainchild of Ellie Gertz in the early 80s and continues to be the main fundraiser of the 1000 + Club to Benefit Cancer.
Call (954) 747-9837 or visit www.1000plusclub.org