This month we say goodbye to our Executive Director of five years, Laurie Stephens.
Laurie leaves HRCEF in much better shape than she found it. During her tenure at HRCEF, she encouraged the HRCEF Board of Directors to develop the Reach for Excellence Gala as a major fundraising event for the Foundation. She remodeled the scholarship program, expanding it to offer more scholarships to HR Valley High School students, and improving communications with scholarship donors. She led the Foundation to support the development of an electronic portal to receive and process students’ scholarship applications. The Opportunity Fund was created during her directorship, to provide middle school sports fees for students whose families could not afford that cost.
HRCEF would not be where we are today without her hard work and dedication over the past five years. We’ll miss you, Laurie, and we wish you the best for your retirement.