This year's surprise honoree was one of our own!
June 14 was a great day for the ACS as golfers and supporters returned in person for the Allan Shedlin Memorial Golf Classic in Scarsdale, NY.
Organized by Board Member Gary Shedlin, pictured below on the far right, and his family, the event raised an astounding $750,000 – bringing their total raised in 20 years to more than $8 million.
On this special occasion, our COO Kris Kim was surprised by Gary by being named as the event’s honoree. This highly unusual honor was given for her strategic and thoughtful leadership through the pandemic.
Kris, who attends this event every year, had a great reaction when the award was announced:
"This isn’t supposed to happen. Volunteers should get the awards, ” she said. She then shared how every generation of her family has been affected by cancer, and how she wants her twin sons to be the first generation to be free from the disease.
“I wanted to honor a health care hero – and that hero is our own Kris Kim," Gary said. "2020 was the worst year in the American Cancer Society’s history. Cancer patients were negatively impacted in so many ways. Treatments interrupted. Screenings postponed. Events canceled. The American Cancer Society’s income plummeted. But as COO, Kris rose to the challenge," he said.
Weeks ahead of the event, Kris was questioning Liz Mayer, the event manager, why there was no honoree chosen this year. Usually, the event honors a philanthropist from the financial industry. Little did she know what the real answer was!
The golf tournament is named after Gary's grandfather, Allan Shedlin, who was an ACS leadership volunteer for 32 years.