Philanthropist Of The Year

Each year the Linda Vann Lassiter Women's Society will honor a philanthropist in Johnston County.  Nominations are accepted from mid-October to February. 

The Society was excited to announce Ms. Lynn Daniels as the 2020 Linda Vann Lassiter Women’s Society Philanthropist of the Year Award at the 2nd Annual Luncheon on March 12.

Each of our 2020 nominees were deserving of the award. Take the time to review their photos and a brief biography below. Donations can be made in their honor by clicking here


 

 Belle Allen

     Belle Allen is a woman of integrity and has always worked hard for the principles she believes in. Through her sixty-seven year dedication to her marriage and family, her twenty-six year career in the Johnston County School System and her life-long commitment to service in her church, community and state, Belle has inspired thousands of others to make the world a better place by giving of their time, talents and treasures.

        Belle Allen has generously given her time and her resources and worked to benefit the Johnston County Community College Foundation Board, the Johnston County Heritage Commission, the NC Museum of History Associates of Johnston County, the Woman’s Club of Clayton, and the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library. In the process, she has recruited countless others to also serve and to give of their time talents and resources to the causes they represent.

Lisa Bland  

     “When Lisa Bland sees a need in the community, she quickly determines how she can help, and then steps in to lead the effort.”  Lisa’s work, alongside the Junior Women’s League, flourished with the inaugural Peanut Butter Buddies campaign.  Still in action, the campaign is set to collect more than 2,500 jars for peanut butter for local students at South Smithfield and Selma Elementary Schools. These students will have guaranteed meals through December 2020 thanks to the hard work of Lisa and other volunteers with the JWL.

     Lisa's passion for this project has been contagious, and it has caught fire with our members, her friends and neighbors, and people in our community who hear of the need and are so willing to help.  Lisa is truly leading by example, and inspiring others to jump in to fight food insecurity in Johnston County.  The fact that so much of her efforts have incorporated children (as young as three) and teenagers is just helping to cultivate a pipeline of philanthropists that our county desperately needs.

 Lisa Bland
 Michele Brownlee
   Michele Brownlee

     Michele Brownlee is a familiar face in Johnston County. She acts as the President of the Central Johnston County Rotary Club.  She can be found volunteering with numerous organizations like Boy Scouts of America, Partnership for Children, and Compassion International.  Through her work with the Rotary Club, Michele supports World Wide Polo eradication thru the Polo Plus Program. 

      Lastly, if you are visit the newly added Student Success Center at Johnston Community College, you might stroll through the Michele Diane Brownlee Career Center Waiting Area.

Lynn Daniels, 2020 Philanthropist of the Year    

      Lynn Daniels dedicates both time and finances to a multitude of causes in Johnston County. Her desire to help those in her community is visible through her work in her church, the Chamber of Commerce and Johnston Health Foundation Board. 

     Lynn Daniels strives to benefit the lives of others through hands-on service in several non-profit organizations. Not only does she dedicate time and skill, she supports these organizations financially. Lynn is also very involved with Alpha International Ministries (AIM). After reading about the Ministries' effort to build a school for orphans in India, she took action and began soliciting others for financial assistance. Lynn Daniels is truly a woman of action.  

 Lynn Daniels
 Janet Daughtry
Janet Daughtry    

     Janet Daughtry was quoted as saying, “people with nothing are very sad and deserve our help as Christians.”  Janet has worked tirelessly to better the lives of others.

     An active member of the Johnston County Shrinettes, Janet supports various charity projects for the Shriner’s Hospital.  She has volunteered with the NC Baptist Men and has served as a trained Disaster Relief volunteer for nearly 20 years. Not only does she serve the local need but she also serves those in remote areas of the world. Janet and her husband, Scott, have been on numerous mission trips and done service work in areas like Haiti, Puerto Rico, Africa, and Sri Lanka.

 Cleo McKinnon  

    Cleo McKinnon is always stepping up for others during their time of need. She can be found serving hot meals to many in need within Johnston County.  Cleo works fiercely to encourage and assist the youth of Johnston County.  She enjoys tutoring current students to ensure they achieve their educational goals. . Cleo McKinnon gives her heart in every act of kindness that she portrays.

 Cleo McKinnon
 Dr. Dicky Parrish
Dr. Dicky Parrish  

       Dr. Dicky Parrish has been working in the Selma community for many years. He has been instrumental in many initiatives in all schools in the Selma and Smithfield communities. He has given his own dollars to purchase school supplies for hundreds of students at Selma Middle School.  Through his community involvement with the Selma Lions Club and local churches, Dr. Parrish has gotten various school needs fulfilled via donations. His efforts are deeply appreciated by the Selma Middle School community.

Anne Peedin     

        Anne has volunteered her time, energy, and love for others by serving those in her church and many of the residents that live in the Pine Level community. Not only giving back to her church, Anne has served on several boards including Johnston Health, Johnston County Public Health Department and leading the Pine Level Women’s Club. 

      Anne is most known for her 30 years of dedication to the Johnston County Meals on Wheels Program.  At ninety years old, Anne takes food every week to those in need. She also spearheads the distribution of Christmas fruit baskets to many of the shut ins within the community.

 Anne Peedin
 Addie Rawls
Addie Rawls    

     The Honorable Addie Harris Rawls has a truly giving heart. She adopted her lifelong motto from Gale Sayers: God is first, my family and friends are second, and I am third.

     Addie truly lives this motto each and every day as she is a mom, sister and friend to countless individuals.  Rather it be acting as co-chair of the Community Back to School Youth Explosion or volunteering with One Blood, she is always putting the needs of others first.  Through both organizations and her beloved church, Addie is providing school supplies, hot meals and financial necessities needed for those less fortunate within Johnston County.