Susan G. Komen Houston Recognizes Pasadena ISD for Contributions
From left to right: Rhonda Kirchman, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union; Debbie Scanlon, Susan G. Komen Houston board chair; Nelda Sullivan, Pasadena ISD board president; Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools; Emelda Douglas, Susan G. Komen Houston executive director; Pasadena ISD Komen team committee Marsha Jones, Diane Wheeler and Amber Morris.
Over the last 12 years, Pasadena ISD has donated more than $1.3 million to Susan G. Komen Houston through participation in a t-shirt fundraiser initiative.
“I really can’t say enough about the Pasadena ISD Komen Team and the work they do each year to raise funds for our organization,” said Emelda Douglas, Executive Director of Komen Houston. “Pasadena is known nationally throughout the Komen Foundation for the fundraising work you do and that speaks volumes to how successful this team has been.”
Pasadena ISD is the only school district in the city of Houston to participate as a team for the Komen Houston Race for the Cure and is comprised of employees, parents, students and members of the community.
The t-shirts, which are sold to employees and students, feature a new design each year and honors employees who are breast cancer survivors as well as those who have succumbed to the disease. This year’s shirt design won first place in the Komen t-shirt contest. One of the incentives for buying a shirt, is that employees are allowed to wear them on Thursdays with jeans. These days are known as Passionately Pink Thursdays.
In addition to the district’s contributions, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union also donated to the project and participated in the Passionately Pink Thursdays, allowing their employees to wear jeans and t-shirts as well.
Originally a project generated by Dr. Karen Holt, a former Pasadena ISD employee, a committee took over the fundraising last year. South Belt Elementary assistant principal Amber Morris, Melillo Middle School principal Diane Wheeler and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Marsha Jones stepped up to the plate to take over the planning and organization of the Komen Team.
“I started working with the Komen Foundation while I was a principal at Schneider,” Jones said. “Now that I’m not on campus, being on the committee is a way I can still help. I love this project, because it helps teach our students about giving back to their communities.”
For the last six years, Pasadena ISD has been ranked the top fundraising team in the city of Houston and one of the top three fundraising teams for the last nine years.
Douglas and Debbie Scanlon, Komen Houston Board Chair presented a plaque to the Pasadena ISD Komen Team and Board of Trustees for once again ranking as the team with the highest fundraising contributions for the Komen Houston Race for the Cure, with 2016 donations alone totaling over $78,000.
“I’m so proud that our district is able to come together and raise money each year for the Komen Foundation and breast cancer awareness,” said Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools. “This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.”