Shannon Patterson is a whirlwind of activity, working as a buyer’s agent with Jane Clark at Keller Williams and spending hours as a volunteer for a variety or organizations within McKinney and the metroplex. Selected as one of 2013 TSB Heroes Hall of Fame community volunteers, Patterson moved to McKinney with her husband in 2012 and dove right into volunteering on many fronts.
Clark, who nominated Patterson for the TSB Heroes Hall of Fame said, “Shannon moved here to McKinney and didn’t know anyone, but then she got into the Kiwanis Club. I kept hearing the word volunteer over and over and her volunteering continued and continued and I thought, ‘My golly, I’ve got to bring up Shannon’s name.’ ”
Selected as Miss District of Columbia in 2005, Patterson said her platform during her time representing the District was Special Olympics. Patterson’s first encounter with Special Olympics occurred during her teen years and she was hooked. “Eunice Kennedy Shriver is my greatest role model,” Patterson said.
Patterson said that volunteering was part of her family life. “It (volunteering) was instilled in us at a very young age,” she said. “My parents were big volunteers in our community. Every volunteer activity in the community, my parents were usually a part of, so they instilled that (mindset) at a very young age.
“It just completes you. You can work all the time, but it (volunteering) was the one piece that really kept my family grounded,” Patterson further explained as she talked about her passion for volunteering.
As a young teen Patterson found herself helping at the Special Olympics. While attending college in Florida she was part of the state fundraising board for the Special Olympics and her experience with Special Olympics has been the base of her volunteer efforts.
As Mrs. Texas in 2010, Patterson still focused on Special Olympics. Her reign as Mrs. Texas helped connect her with McKinney Kiwanis where she has become an integral part of the club, assisting with the T-ball program and swimming program for special needs kids. Working with these kids through the Kiwanis Club holds a special place in her heart Patterson said. She works with them several hours a week and will continue to focus on that effort.
“I want to continue to work with Kiwanis and the City of McKinney to get more involved with the special needs swimming program,” Patterson said, explaining that the first effort this year reaped positive results that she would like to see continued and expanded.
Patterson is also involved in the Night of Superstars, the Samaritan Inn, and Presley’s Promise.
What does Patterson think is the best thing about volunteering? For Patterson, she says about volunteering that, “At the end of the day, it (volunteering) always keeps me grounded and I’d say to others, ‘You will probably gain more reward from it than the people you are helping.’ ”
Shannon Patterson is truly making a difference in McKinney, as well as the Dallas area, one child at a time. We salute you Shannon.
TSB salutes four individuals who are the silent servants; the unsung heroes of our community and often serve others with little or no recognition. Nominees are submitted by readers.