For some people, giving back is just simply in their nature. No matter how much they have going on in their personal lives, they always make time to help others. Laura Grau, Manager of Volunteer Services at NYU Winthrop, is one of those people.
In addition to her role at the Hospital where she leads and guides NYU Winthrop volunteers on a daily basis, Ms. Grau is actively involved in her community. A devoted member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), for which she was recently named Chapter President of Nassau County, Ms. Grau is also an avid supporter of various causes. So when the opportunity recently arose for her to participate in the Woman of the Year Campaign to raise funds for the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Ms. Grau happily accepted the challenge.
(Front, center) Laura Grau, Manager of Volunteer Services at NYU Winthrop, celebrates with her friends and family at a special ceremony that recognized her as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Woman of the Year.”
Leaving no stone unturned, Ms. Grau reached out to a host of colleagues, volunteers, friends and family for support, and held two fundraisers through which she sought numerous raffle prizes from local businesses.
“For this particular fundraiser, 90 percent of the proceeds go back to help patients directly,” said Ms. Grau. “That’s a remarkable amount and I wanted to do everything possible to raise as much as I could – not to win, but to help others.”
Yet throughout the fundraising process, Ms. Grau learned just how many people in her own backyard had been touched by the disease, motivating her even further to do her very best.
Ms. Grau’s determination paid off, and she was able to raise well over $20,000 in both monetary and raffle prize donations during the 10-week long fundraising competition for the Society, which bestowed the honor of “Woman of the Year” to her at a special ceremony on June 12.
“This was one of the most rewarding journeys I have ever been on,” said Ms. Grau. “I learned more – and helped more people – than I ever anticipated.”