Simona Bot, our West Coast VP of Fundraising and Community Outreach, has been tireless this year. Through direct donations and also efforts in the larger community, Simona is responsible for over $25,000 in donations in 2019.
Not surprisingly, her Annual Birthday Club had another banner year. On her birthday she raised $5,000 via Facebook which she then matched dollar for dollar ensuring that every Blue Heron student will receive $50 on her/his birthday. We get many letters from grateful students, several of which are stating that it is the first time anyone has remembered their birthday.
Alex Bacu continues to be our enthusiastic East Coast VP of Fundraising and Community Outreach. His tireless efforts led to his company, Neuberger Berman, to award Blue Heron a $5000 grant. In addition, through direct donations and efforts to reach to other supporters in the NY area, Alex is responsible for a total of over $16,000 raised on the East Coast this year. And Alex does more than raise money, he is always galvanizing the New York community, finding excellent mentors and putting together our yearly NY Salon every spring.