Oct. 24, 2016

2016: A Year in Review

A YEAR IN REVIEW:

This is my second and last year as your Board Chair.  It’s also been over two years since our expansion to South Central Texas; our Chapter continues to deliver programs and services to many communities in our vast geographical area.  From Lubbock to El Paso; to San Antonio and The Valley; throughout Central Texas, and Dallas/Fort Worth --- almost every corner of the Lone Star state – Of course, we do all this along with our sister chapter in Houston serves the Gulf Coast area.

We have established volunteer leaders in these communities and work closely with them from our Chapter office here in Dallas and our satellite office in San Antonio.

It’s an exciting time to be working with so many dedicated volunteers and staff.

We held the most successful Lupus Awareness Month ever!
Our Lubbock group had a month-long awareness and fundraising event that generated over $8,000 for the Lubbock Walk held last month. We received over 60 Mayoral Proclamations from around the state and spoke at many city council meetings, educating hundreds of citizens about lupus.

We held an educational program and the fifth annual Rally for Lupus, providing education to 100 individuals as we celebrated Lupus Awareness Month.

Ten lupus support groups and volunteer facilitators provide education, support, and hope to those coping with this complicated and misunderstood disease.

The five Walk events we held raised $243,000 and had over 5,000 walkers. We continue making adjustments and have already started our next year Walk program. In addition, the Evening of Hope for Lupus gala was a lot of fun with the “Roaring 20’s” theme; the event raised $22,000

Board Vice Chair Tonya Muraguri along with Tessie Holloway and Angelica Garza attended this year’s Leadership Meeting in Indianapolis, they had the opportunity to network with other Chapters and the national office.

The office handled over 3,000 inquiries from people seeking information and help. More than 150 lupus patients participated in this year’s Ask the Experts/Teleconference series. Staff and volunteers attended 55 health fairs to educate thousands of people about lupus. Our goal is to continue recruiting dedicated volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors and as leaders in the communities we serve.

With your support, we will continue to work toward seeing a world free of lupus, and help improve the quality of life for all those affected by the disease! Thank you! 

 

Rachel Ullrich
Board Chair Report