3 Questions with Lolly Venair, Shepherd Center Foundation

We’re proud to know and work with some of Atlanta’s most incredible nonprofit professionals who are creating wonderful change in our community through their hard work and dedication. We caught up with Lolly Venair, Annual Giving Officer at the Shepherd Center Foundation, to learn more about her role and their next exciting event.

1.) What has been your favorite moment at the Shepherd Center Foundation so far?

The relationships I have built with members of Shepherd’s sports teams through fundraising for the Recreation Therapy has been my favorite part of working for Shepherd Center. The Fred, Shaler and Andrew Alias Sports Teams program at Shepherd Center sponsors 11 sports teams that that empower individuals with physical disabilities to participate in sports on a recreational or competitive level. The teams travel locally and across the country for tournaments.  It is so inspiring to watch the athletes compete, push themselves and thrive in a competitive environment.

2.) What’s next for the Shepherd Center Foundation?

Shepherd Center Derby Day, Atlanta’s largest Kentucky Derby watch party is on Saturday, May 4th at Chastain Horse Park. Tickets are on sale atwww.derbyday.com. It is always a great time as there is a silent auction, live music, casino and race day games along with a viewing party for the broadcast of the Kentucky Derby on big screens. Funds raised benefit Shepherd Center’s Recreation Therapy Program, which aims to help people who have disabilities live an active lifestyle through a variety of activities. We also have a food and wine event, Summer in the City, on July 24th, at The Fairmont on the westside that raises funds for the Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute at Shepherd Center.

3.) What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given that has helped you succeed in your role at the Shepherd Center Foundation?

Get comfortable with uncomfortable. Get out of your comfort zone! If you are not pushing yourself, you are not learning, growing or getting better. I try to always put myself in situations that help me develop personally and professionally.

You can find out more about the Shepherd Center Foundation here. Visit them on Instagram, Facebook, and don’t forget to purchase your tickets to their Kentucky Derby watch party here.

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