2013 Women of Courage—Making Miracles Happen
Sunday, February 10, 2013
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The Houston Chapter of Hadassah has named Debbie Levine, Founder of Women of Courage, and Marcie Natan, Hadassah National President, as well as our keynote speaker and child advocate and abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart, as its honorees for the 2013 Women of Courage Award. This extraordinary distinction recognizes women who have focused on important issues and gone the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of others. Chaired by Golda Baker, Ann Baker Ronn, and Marcie Baker Turrin, the luncheon will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at the Bayou City Event Center. The silent auction, chaired by Melissa Horn and Julie Handel, will begin at 10:30 am, followed by the luncheon at noon. Ms. Smart will share her remarkable story as the keynote speaker of the event.The Houston Chapter is honored to present Houstonians with this unique opportunity to hear her triumphant story first hand.
Elizabeth Smart became a woman of courage as a result of a childhood tragedy -- her traumatic, nine-month kidnapping from her home. After her rescue and the capture of her abductors, Elizabeth became an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and national legislation. Currently, she is involved with The Elizabeth Smart Foundation, and she has worked with The National Amber Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act, and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions. Elizabeth’s experiences continue to motivate parents, law enforcement, and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. Through her efforts, Elizabeth emphasizes the need for vigilance by each of us to help find missing children, the value of maintaining hope, and the importance of continuing to search for every missing child. Furthering her mission, she worked with the Department of Justice to help createYou’re Not Alone: The Journey from Abduction to Empowerment to encourage children who have had similar experiences to know that there is life after tragedy. Elizabeth is passionate about sharing her story of overcoming harrowing adversity and encouraging people to not let their past dictate their future. Elizabeth, now a happy newlywed, continues her childhood love of music through her study of harp performance at Brigham Young University.
Debbie Levine moved from Florida to Sugar Land in 1981. She has been a Hadassah leader since 2001 when she was recruited to serve as Co-President of the Mazal Group. She has served as the Houston Chapter of Hadassah's President, Greater Southwest Region Vice President and Houston Chapter Advisor. In addition, she was recently appointed to the Hadassah National Board as Chair of the Society of Major Donors. Debbie is also involved in AIPAC, the pro-Israel advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., and serves as a member of its National Council. Debbie’s passion is development, sharing Hadassah’s medical successes, embracing donors, and perpetuating Hadassah for future generations. Bringing tikkun olam to her endeavors outside of Hadassah, Debbie has served as Dulles Elementary PTO President; a Health Advisory Board Member for Fort Bend ISD where she was named Volunteer of the Year; an executive board member of the Fort Bend American Heart Association; and a Meals on Wheels volunteer. Her leadership has also been recognized by Congregation Beth El. Through all of her work, Debbie has demonstrated that one woman truly can make a difference.
Zionism and love for Israel are in Marcie Natan’s heart, and Hadassah is in her DNA. She has served the organization with her quiet strength, profound integrity, and generosity of spirit since her early twenties. More than 40 years ago, Marcie joined Hadassah and rose to President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Region. A former National Vice President and National Secretary, she also served as Chair of Planned Giving and Estates, Major Gifts, Unit Assessment, and Hadassah College. Her positions have included National President’s Training Chair, National Secretary, and National Treasurer. A fourth generation Life Member, Marcie is also a former member of the Hadassah Foundation Board, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel.
Individual tickets to the 2013 Hadassah Women of Courage Luncheon are $118 each. For additional information about sponsoring tables or donating auction items, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-661-1022.