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Meet the 2015 Lady GODIVA Program Honorees

By Christina Roperti - March 3, 2015

Meet the 2015 Lady GODIVA Program Honorees

We’re excited to announce the 2015 Lady GODIVA Program Honorees, whose impressive work captured our community’s attention and garnered their votes. Meet Lynne, Lori, and Laurelee, three women who have dedicated their lives to serving others in need.

Lynne Silver is the Founder and Executive Director of Adopt International, a licensed adoption agency that works tirelessly to place children in loving homes and support adoptive families. Lynne began working with pregnant teens and adoptive parents in 1973, and founded her agency in 1983. Her lifelong perseverance and passion is impressive -- she has traveled all over the world to match orphans with adoptive families, and is especially focused on diminishing the sometimes harmful effects of institutional care. Her sensitive,caring nature benefits all of her work with children, families, and birth mothers. Adopt International’s success is a testament to her dedication: The organization has served more than 6,500 families.

After losing her sister to triple negative breast cancer, Lori Flowers founded Triple Step Towards the Cure, an organization that provides  direct support to women with the same difficult-to-treat diagnosis. Lori advocates for patients navigating complicated and expensive cancer treatments, and through her organization, helps them pay for basic necessities like groceries, transportation, and travel expenses to bring family members closer to their loved ones. Since its launch, Triple Step Towards the Cure has assisted more than 93 patients, provided nearly $200,000 in financial assistance, and expanded its California roots to support women in Alaska, Washington, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, and New York. Put simply, Lori shows patients they’re not alone, helps them heal, and gives them hope.

Laurelee Blanchard, Director of Leilani Farm Sanctuary in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii, left a career in the corporate world to devote her life to animal rescue and humane education. In 1999, she moved from Orange County, California, to Haiku, Maui and founded a farm to save animals from neglect, abuse, and slaughter. Leilani Farm Sanctuary is now home to about 200 animals, including goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks, donkeys, cats, geese, pigs, tortoises, and a deer. Laurelee handles day-to-day management and organization of the farm, and has worked as a consultant to the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in its campaign to end the long-distance transport of live animals from the mainland.

Does this kind of inspirational, community-based work remind you of a woman you know? Nominate her for the Lady GODIVA Program -- she could receive a $10,000 grant to further her mission!