OPRF Community Foundation honors Donna Myers
Updated: February 21, 2013 12:54PM
When she and her husband moved to Oak Park 10 years ago, Donna Myers had a part-time job in the Brookfield Zoo’s development department, a 2-year-old daughter and a newborn son.
Two years later, she stopped working outside the home. At another parent’s urging, she got involved in Whittier Elementary School’s PTO. A year later, she became the PTO’s co-president.
Now the mother of a seventh-grader, a fifth-grader and a preschooler, Myers hasn’t looked back. Over the years, she has devoted increasing amounts of time, energy and financial support to volunteer efforts.
Organizations she has served include the Chicago Zoological Society, Oak Park Temple, Parenthesis Family Center, Women Leaders in Philanthropy, The Children’s Clinic, the District 97 PTO Council and the Holmes School PTO. In particular, she has become one of the most active volunteers and donors of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.
Myers is this year’s Excellence in Philanthropy Award recipient in the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist category. Conferred by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, the award will be given Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the group’s annual Celebration of Philanthropic Excellence. The event is at 5:30 p.m. in the Carleton Hotel in Oak Park.
The Celebration of Philanthropic Excellence will also honor the Oak Park-River Forest High School Alumni Association and the Hephzibah Huskies. The alumni group is Outstanding Philanthropic Business/Group for its summer enrichment program. The Hephzibah Huskies are Outstanding Philanthropic Youth Group for its support of children at Hephzibah.
Both organizations receive a $500 grant to a charity of its choice; Myers’ award comes with a $1,000 grant she has earmarked for the Food Pantry.
Michelle Zurakowski, executive director of the OPRF Food Pantry, nominated Myers for the award, calling her “a gifted mentor, dedicated to transferring knowledge and skills to others.”
Myers said she was attracted to supporting the Food Pantry because of its “phenomenal corps of volunteers and the phenomenal job they do of leveraging their volunteers and resources to help so many people. It makes me feel very happy to be part of this community.”
The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation is in its 54th year.
For more information, visit oprfcf.org or call 708-848-1560. Find the Foundation on Facebook at facebook.com/OPRFCF. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at 1049 Lake St.
To nominate a person, a business or group or a youth or youth group for next year’s Excellence in Philanthropy Awards, contact the Foundation.