Congratulations to our 2017 Alumnae Award Recipient
Alumnae Spirit of Service Award – Beth Rather Gorman '90
The National Advisory Council has selected Beth Rather Gorman '90 as the recipient of the Alumnae Spirit of Service Award for her work and dedication to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Beth's devotion to finding a cure for LLS began when her brother Hal lost his fight with the disease in 1992. Beth joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2000 after moving from Nashville to Washington, DC. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds research, patient services, advocacy, public awareness, and education. Beth started on the ground floor at the LLS and worked her way up through the ranks. In 2013, she was promoted to Executive Director of the Washington, D.C. chapter. With over $14.5 million in gross revenue through events including Team in Training, the Leukemia Ball, the Man and Woman of the Year, Regatta, School and Youth campaigns, and more, Beth has spearheaded the events and fundraising that have brought the chapter to the number one chapter in the nation, out of 56, each year since she became Executive Director.
Beth's dedication to the mission is not isolated to her career work. In addition to her paid position as Executive Director, she also devotes her free time to raising additional funds for the cause. She personally, outside of her position, has raised over $200,000. She has participated in Team and Training marathon and half marathon events five times. In 2013, she put together a team of 31 women who trained together and participated in the Nike Half Marathon D.C. and raised $125,000 as a group - the second highest fundraising team in the country for that event. In October 2014, she formed a team for the Light the Night Walk with family and friends and raised an additional $14,000, involving children in the event. This isn't just a job for Beth; she devotes her time and talents to this cause 24/7.
Beth attributes much of her success to her foundation she received as a 7-year student of Harpeth Hall. "Harpeth Hall is a wonderful learning environment that gave me the opportunity to explore my interests, to be a leader, to challenge me to always do my best, and to build long lasting relationships. Essentially, Harpeth Hall provided me with the necessary tools and a strong foundation to succeed, and for that, I will always be grateful."
CLICK HERE to see the full article on Beth in our upcoming Hallways which is due in homes for Spring Break. Harpeth Hall looks forward to honoring Beth at the Alumnae Spirit of Service Award Assembly and reception on Friday, April 21.