By Michael S. Maurer
The 19 notable modern Hoosier ladies profiled by means of Michael S. Maurer -- one for every famous person within the Indiana country flag -- are leaders and pioneers who've excelled in quite a few ambitions, together with legislation, enterprise, philanthropy, govt, drugs, song, artwork, athletics, faith, and schooling. one of the inspiring lifestyles tales are these of the 1st girl named leader pass judgement on of the united states District courtroom in Indiana, the 1st to set up a Holocaust museum within the kingdom, and the 1st lady elected Indiana's lieutenant governor. Maurer additionally introduces foreign golfing and billiards champions, opera singers, a rabbi, the founders of Vera Bradley Designs and For naked ft, and others. a lot of those girls led heart-pounding lives. All labored not easy, and with zeal, to accomplish their goals. Indiana ladies of each new release will take pleasure in and enjoy their stories.
Sarah Evans BarkerMary BolkAngela M. BrownAlecia A. DeCoudreauxChristel DeHaanNancy Shepherd FitzgeraldEva Mozes KorJeanette LeeSylvia McNairPatricia R. MillerNancy NoëlMercy Okanemeh ObeimeJane Blaffer OwenOra Hirsch PescovitzErnestine RaclinSharon RivenbarkSandy Eisenberg SassoBecky SkillmanCarolyn Y. Woo
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She defines her days simply. “Any day they are not sticking a needle in me is a great day,” McNair said. “Cancer is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. It is a perspective-giver like nothing else I have experienced. Cancer has taught me about who I am and what I want. It has taught me that I can find paradise in the midst of trauma; I just have to be willing to try. ” Before losing her hair to chemo, she cut fourteen inches of her brown hair and donated it to Locks of Love, a not-for-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
Astonishing checks were handed out,” one employee recalled. ” DeHaan said giving the money was not a difficult decision. “This was done in recognition of their devotion, and in recognition of my philosophy that when you have, you also share,” she said. DeHaan knew that she didn’t want to run someone else’s company. So after helping with the transition to new ownership, she walked away from the business she had helped build for more than two decades. The change was a jolt. “The loss I felt was not being able to work with the people who were so dear to me,” she said.
That will ensure that 100 percent of what other donors give will go directly to helping children. And though DeHaan will leave some of her fortune to her own children and grandchildren, most will go to Christel House International. Her Christel House support is separate from the more than $50 million she gave through the years to her family foundation and a related charitable fund. The family foundation now donates more than $2 million annually, much of it to arts organizations. “I ended up being an extremely fortunate human being,” she said.