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My Give Back Story: Rachel Payne

My Give Back Story: Rachel Payne

Patti-Jo Shapiro Scholarship
By Rachel Payne

Patti-Jo Shapiro was a very dear friend of mine and was diagnosed with a very rare type of cancer, sinus cancer. Her courage was demonstrated with a positive attitude and she did not waste a minute of the precious time she had. Patti-Jo, best known for her dedication to the Lilburn community, was on a mission. There was a checklist of things she wished to accomplish and she shared part of that list with me.

Being her personal trainer and a fellow member of the Lilburn Woman’s Club, I was well aware of Patti-Jo‘s desire to start an educational scholarship as part of her legacy to the community. While the Woman’s Club worked on the legalities of getting the fund set up, I was approached with an opportunity to host a makeover event. We created a ‘Girls Night Out’ and used this event as a way to raise money for her scholarship fund with Trish McEvoy makeup artists doing makeovers. The girls who participated would dress up and get their photos taken on the ‘red carpet.’ 

At the event, we raised over $400 for the Patti-Jo Shapiro Scholarship through the sale of Trish McEvoy makeup. We served refreshments along with lots of laughs. We also learned the expert’s tricks to looking glamorous day or night and all had a great time. Patti-Jo was passionate about health, fitness, education and community. There is no better way to celebrate than to bring together all of those elements in memory of a lady devoted to giving back to others.

Patti-Jo Shapiro Scholarship - a college scholarship for young women who have made a difference in the greater Lilburn community; in honor of Patti-Jo Shapiro, dedicated to community service and education.

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