Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Woman of the Year Profile: Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Allied Arts Foundation

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Woman of the Year Profile: Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Allied Arts Foundation

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If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing.

That is the motto that Deborah McAuliffe Senner's husband said fits her well.

Twenty years ago, Senner began volunteering on special events that led to a career in fund raising - organizing annual campaigns, planning special events and writing grants. For the last three years, she has received special recognition for setting back-to- back fund-raising records for the Allied Arts Foundation.

My most significant professional accomplishment would be that I have helped raise millions of dollars for a variety of causes including faith-based organizations, social services, education, developmentally disabled and the arts. There is an enormous amount of satisfaction knowing that the money I have raised has done everything from build buildings to launch new programs, from giving hope to a pregnant teen, or milk to a baby.

The money may have paid electric bills for a family struggling and out of work, created jobs for developmentally disabled, provided scholarships for education, or introduced a child to music for the very first time. In a stressful fast-paced career - it is those thoughts that keep me focused and keep me energized, said Senner, who currently is vice president for Allied Arts.

Prior to accepting her current position, Senner served as director of development for the Center of Family Love, a home for developmentally disabled adults. In this position, she took it upon herself to give the residents a chance of experiencing one of the milestones they missed growing up due to their disabilities - a prom. She organized a prom for them complete with decorations, flowers and entertainment as well as donated dresses and men's suits and free services offered by hair stylists and manicurists.

It was a Cinderella moment for all of them - they couldn't believe that they finally got to go to their prom. They all looked spectacular and had the time of their lives. That was the best feel- good moment I can ever remember in my professional life. …

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