You’re probably asked to lead many charity events. How do you decide which ones to accept?

Patty Myura says…
Anyone who takes a leadership position must believe in the cause. In my case, I help organizations that do things that are near and dear to my heart, where I can make a difference and where the need is the greatest.

People have asked me to become active in many worthwhile charities, but it just might not be something I’m passionate about, and if I don’t have a passion for it, I either decline or take a limited role.

It’s also important to keep in mind that there are different types of chairmen. Some people take a more limited role. They’ll chair an event, contribute financially and attract other donors, but they’re not very involved in the day-to-day activities.

I’m an active chairman. I want to take something off the ground that never was. I have a business background and apply that to my charitable work. There are so many elements that must be coordinated when you lead a gala.

You have to love what you do, and do what you love. That’s where you get the motivation to chair an event.

Patty Myura, president of the Eleanor Patterson Reeves Foundation, has successfully spearheaded many philanthropic efforts. She volunteers for numerous organizations, including the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, Inc., American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen For the Cure, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boys & Girls Clubs.

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