With great sadness HALO says goodbye to our Community Programs Manager, Brenda Thomas, as she joins her husband, Ron, in a happy and hard-earned retirement. For anyone who knows Brenda, you know that HALO is losing its head cheerleader, its greatest community liaison, its brightest ray of sunshine. It is no exaggeration to say that when Brenda retires on July 3, a small part of HALO’s heart and soul will depart with her.
Brenda Thomas started at HALO in 2009 as Volunteer Coordinator under her long-time family friend, Cheryl Buckley. A graduate of Case High School, she is a fiercely proud Racine native. As a long-standing community advocate, several local organizations such as Empty Bowls, United Way, Racine Theater Guild, Racine Arts Guild, Festival of Trees and more have also benefitted from her enthusiasm and activism.
Because Brenda is so active, one of her greatest assets has been her impressive social circle; Brenda seems to know everyone! And when such a large net of recognition is paired with unending passion and positivity, the results are awe-inspiring. Brenda’s efforts have grown HALO’s volunteer pool to include over 700 individuals. She has coordinated fundraising events with numerous area businesses and her outreach efforts have greatly boosted student involvement, from grade schools to graduate schools, at HALO.
However, Brenda refuses to take credit for the many ways she helped to build HALO’s remarkable community of supporters. She insists it is the simple fact that we live in such a great city, and when a need is presented to the public, the greater Racine community will answer with everything they’ve got. “All you need to do is ask,” she says. With Brenda’s buoyant personality, she makes it look easy.
The generosity of HALO supporters and the positive impact they continue to make on the community have moved her over the years, and she wishes to express just how grateful she is to have witnessed so many acts of love. Moreover, Brenda is overcome with pride when she sees people come together, especially the youth in our community, to help others.
Along with reconnecting with old friends, Brenda looks forward to relaxing and exercising the artistic, creative side of her brain more. Mostly, she is excited to spend more time with her family, especially her husband and her mom. We will miss her terribly, and we can’t thank her enough for all she has done for HALO and for Racine. We wish her and Ron the best retirement has to offer.
Godspeed, Brenda Thomas!
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