Sheryl Cook, Easterseals Honorary Life Director, was named Easterseals 2020 Agency Champion recently during the National Philanthropy Day event sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Volusia/Flagler Chapter. AFP President Hardy Smith presented this award and nomination from Easterseals.
"In her early childhood years, Sheryl was an Easterseals client, receiving physical therapy for a short time while in elementary school. Her parents, Tom and Gloria Cook, were Easterseals champions, locally and nationally for over 60 years. She grew to become an ardent supporter and well-spoken advocate for her community, especially Easterseals.
Sheryl says she supports Easterseals because the organization makes such a profound difference in the lives of so many people in our community. Over the span of her life-long relationship with Easterseals, Sheryl has consistently revealed a strong, lifelong commitment to families with disabilities and /or disadvantaged families. As a 40+ year participant and leader on the Rotary Easterseals Golf Committee, Sheryl has helped Rotary raise nearly $1 Million for children with special needs, and the families who love them.
On average, Sheryl dedicates at least 10 hours per month towards stewardship, advocacy, direct planning and board/committee participation for Easterseals. As a member of the Board, she is consistently active on several committees. As a fundraiser on the Gift Planning committee, she opens doors routinely by introducing new persons to Easterseals mission with personal invites, stewardship and follow-up.
When customers to her family business are thrilled with their level of personalized service, she encourages donations to Easterseals as a means of expressing appreciation. She offers personal thanks, cards, notes, phone calls and such every month to Easterseals donors, large and small, which provides an opportunity for her to share her passion and enthusiasm as a volunteer, and ultimately helps to cement new donor relationships."
Easterseals is proud to have captured the affection of this incredible lady towards our mission! Many, many lives are made better because of YOU, Sheryl! We adore you and your Tom Cook family.