By Jane Clark Realty
Twenty-five silver dollars, an exceptional beauty queen, McKinney real estate and a philanthropic heart. Put them together and what do you get? That would be the 2012 Winner of the Kiwanis Club’s Walter Zeller Award, Shannon Patterson. Kiwanis International is happy to recognize McKinney Realtor Shannon Patterson as this year’s recipient of the Walter Zeller award for her exceptional commitment to the Philanthropic work of Kiwanis Club.
“Shannon Patterson is a beauty queen, but not in the sense you normally envision” said Jane Clark one of her associates. “For a woman that stood on the stage at the Miss America pageant and heard her name called in the five left standing, Shannon remains unassuming and totally dedicated to the charitable works she began as young girl.”
And Yes, Shannon is a busy girl. As Miss District of Columbia 2005, and Mrs. Texas 2010, (She Is Married to John Patterson, former Arizona Diamondbacks pitching sensation) Shannon is a sought-after coach and celebrity pageant judge for numerous national competitions. She is also a successful Realtor and prime mover of McKinney real estate. Yet most weekends you can find her, hammer in hand, building a wheelchair ramp or framing a home for habitat for humanity. “She is always paying it forward” Jennifer Alguire said, “and at this point I think she is working on 2030.”
Shannon is who Walter Zeller had in mind over 70 years ago when he decorated a five tier birthday cake with 25 silver dollars and asked that they become the nest egg of Kiwanis international’s service foundation. Walter’s coins were auctioned for US $625 back in 1940, and his coins indeed launched the Kiwanis International Foundation’s worldwide service efforts. Kiwanis has never looked back. Thousands of donors later, the foundation has grown into a multi-million dollar organization that awards grants to Kiwanis clubs and underwrites life-altering worldwide service projects. I am sure Walter would agree that Mrs. Patterson has touched the lives of many less fortunate than she.
Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis and its youth-oriented Service Leadership Programs serve communities in more than 80 countries and geographic areas. Founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, Kiwanis International now comprises 600,000 members — men, women boys and girls — worldwide.
About Shannon Patterson
Shannon Patterson is a McKinney Realtor associated with Jane Clark Realty LLC. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of McKinney Texas where she is a Board Member, coach and coordinator of a special needs t-ball team, wheelchair ramp builder and entertainment committee member. She has been a Special Olympics volunteer for over 20 years. She also gives her time to the Samaritan Inn and Presley’s Promise. More about Shannon at http://www.themckinneyrealtor.com/Home-Buyers/janes-team/
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