The Women's Initiative Network (WIN) from SAS Software surprised Rhonda, mother of SAS employee Portia, by letting her know her wish for a beach vacation is coming true! Rhonda thought she was visiting her daughter at work but she had no idea what was in store. Board member Lisa Grimes and Founder Peggy Gibson Carroll joined in the fun too. THANK YOU to the SAS team for their incredible service as Wish Creators!
SAS Software's Lisa Neal said the following about the wish experience:
SAS WIN recently partnered with Fill Your Bucket List Foundation to provide an all-expense paid “wish” for the mother of SAS’s Portia Porter. After Portia’s story was seen on sww.sas.com, Michelle Proctor and Mandy Chambers reached out to the founder of the Fill Your Bucket List Foundation, Peggy Gibson-Carroll, to see how WIN could fulfill the wish for Portia’s Mom, Rhonda Parker. With the help of the foundation and a group of SAS WIN members, we leveraged our network and put together a four day vacation to Myrtle Beach for Portia’s parents. It included a stay at an oceanfront condo, a fun-filled night to see a show in Myrtle Beach, and gift cards for dinners and lunches out!
SAS WIN became familiar with The Fill Your Bucket List Foundation during the National Women’s Day Celebration back in March when the featured speakers, Paula Brown and Lisa Grimes, authors of “Remember Who You Are” https://habergeon.com/book/ included Peggy Gibson-Carroll as part of their inspirational talk. Peggy talked about why giving back is so important to her and why she formed the foundation which fulfills wishes to adults that have been affected by cancer. Several of us in the audience that day already knew of the good work the Foundation was doing, but we never thought that through that event, we would be able to grant a wish for a member of the SAS Family.
Peggy inspired Tammy to volunteer with the foundation as a wish creator. A wish creator works with chosen families to learn about their wish details in order to arrange everything to make the wish a reality. Tammy organized all of the logistical details, requested activities, and special touches to the gift. Once the planning was complete, the gift was presented to the family by Tammy and the rest of SAS WIN Members. The foundation continues their support by keeping in touch with the recipient and their family during their trip to ensure everything goes smoothly. A family member being diagnosed with cancer impacts the entire family. These wish fulfillments provide a much needed rest from the rigors of continually fighting illness.
Thanks to the following for making this wish come true: Fill Your Bucket List Foundation, Michelle Proctor, Mandy Chambers, Tammy Peasants-Merritt, Cynthia Rowe, Mary Jones, Caitlin Cook, Lisa Neal, and Jane Booth. Making this wish come true was simple thanks to everyone’s time and talents! We held a “reveal” event at SAS’s building C during lunch one afternoon. The surprise began when Rhonda joined Portia for lunch at SAS the Thursday before Portia was getting married! Rhonda was so surprised and overwhelmed with the generosity of the donation.