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Junior League of Raleigh Announces 2012-2013 Member Awards

Ten League Members Recognized for Leadership

Raleigh, NC, June 07, 2013 --( The Junior League of Raleigh recently recognized 13 members for their outstanding service, leadership and dedication to the League during the 2012-2013 League year.

“These members are true examples of what it means to be a member of the Junior League of Raleigh,” said Pat Wilkins, President of the Junior League of Raleigh. “We are grateful for the many hours and energy they devoted to the League and the community this year.”

The award winners are:

Kimberly Linkous – Darlene Shelton Outstanding Provisional Award, which recognizes a Provisional League member for her fulfillment of the League’s mission during the course of her Provisional year. Linkous is a buyer for the East coast region of Ferguson Enterprises Inc.

Elizabeth O’Quinn – Outstanding First-Year Member Award, which recognizes a new member for dedicated service to the League. She is the associate, Teacher Leadership Continuum at Teach For America - Eastern North Carolina.

Martha Gehring – Foundation Award, which recognizes an Active member and her dedicated work within an in-League placement. She is project manager of education services at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

Kelsie Johnson – Guardian Award, which recognizes an Active member for her dedicated work within a community placement. She is a digital media consultant at Wells Fargo.

Lanier McRee and Danielle Shuirman – Legacy Award, which recognizes an Active member for her dedicated service to the League in a fundraising placement. McRee is a senior fiscal analyst in the fiscal research division of the N.C. General Assembly; Shuirman is a homemaker and community volunteer.

Kathryn West – Lifelong Membership Award, which recognizes members who have been Active members for 10 or more years and continue to make significant contributions. She is a Realtor with Prudential York Simpson Underwood.

Inaugural Ball, led by Liza Roney, Emily Funderburk, Shayla Bradshaw and Virginia Yopp – Team of the Year Award, which recognizes a JLR team, in-League or community, for exceptional results. Roney is director of client services at Communicopia Marketing Services Inc. Bradshaw is a homemaker and community volunteer. Yopp is president of Strategic Development Resources.

Hilary Allen – Member of the Year Award, which recognizes an Active member for dedicated service to the League who has gone above and beyond the typical parameters of her JLR “job” thereby serving as a role model and inspiration for other members. She is the director of alumnae and parent relations at Meredith College.

Debbie Pappas – Sustainer of the Year Award, which recognizes a Sustaining member for her dedicated work with our League and other volunteer and community organizations. She is a retired teacher and a community volunteer. Pappas is a retired Wake County counselor and a community volunteer.

Virginia Yopp – Sustainer Legacy Award, which recognizes a Sustainer for her exemplary work on a League fundraiser.

About The Junior League:
The Junior League of Raleigh ( is a nonprofit organization focused on training women as community leaders and volunteers. The League is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International and is the 9th largest of 294 Leagues internationally. The Raleigh League has more than 1,900 members serving Wake County with programs of education and volunteer service. The League has contributed more than 232,000 volunteer hours since 2000, focusing on promising youth. The League’s new Center for Community Leadership, located at 711 Hillsborough St., offers training space and programming for League members and community agencies.

Since 1930, the Junior League of Raleigh has contributed more than $5 million to community projects and programs. The League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism.

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