Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Charitable Superhero of the Week, Marlena Docter

This Charitable Superhero had no idea what her neighbor is up to. 

When Marlena Docter was introduced to Best Buddies Kentucky (BBKY) Director Chris Head, she was surprised to recognize him as her neighbor from down the street. When he described the organization to her, Marlena decided that becoming a Best Buddies Champion was the perfect way to increase her community involvement and put her sales skills to great use, spreading awareness for the organization.

Marlena is enjoying being a Champion and plans to continue her support of the organization long after the Champion program ends.
“It’s not about the prizes; it’s about raising awareness and support for BBKY. I’m really enjoying meeting new people and spreading the word. It’s such a great program and more people need to be aware of it.”


Her neighborhood connection to the organization wasn’t the only surprising thing. Marlena says,
“Something that surprised me, is how generous everybody in Louisville has been toward BBKY, donating funds and auction items. It’s been amazing to hear of so many people who are excited to give back to such a great organization.”

Marlena looks forward to the Murder Mystery Dinner, and has collected some really great items for the silent auction. Her auction list includes: a University of Louisville basket with a t-shirt, coffee mugs, a voucher for 4 football tickets, 4 basketball tickets, and an autographed football by coach Charlie Strong; a family package for Christmas at the Galt House and a one-night stay in a deluxe suite; a Brown-Forman basket with  a selection of products; and a framed picture of the Louisville Legends, complete with autographed matte featuring Legends Denny Crumb, Pat Day, and Joe B Hall, among others.  
    
Those are auction items any Louisville native would be excited to win. But the real winners here are the children and young adults whose friendships those auction items will support, and two neighbors who've joined forces for a great cause.