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DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Commitment to Dependability

Maytag® brand and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announce that H. Lee Thacker has been named a “2013 Maytag Dependable Leader” in recognition for his demonstrated commitment to dependability and dedication to keeping youth on the path to achieve great futures. Lee Thacker was selected as one of 25 nominees to receive the distinction and a $20,000 financial award to help deepen BGC’s impact in the community. Lee intends to use the one-time grant to enhance performing arts programs in Venice.

A passionate Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County board member and resource development committee chair, Lee Thacker has shared his time and talents with the Sarasota community since 1996.

Prior to his role in Florida, Lee served on various Boys & Girls Club committee and boards in Columbia, SC, Orlando and Atlanta.  With an impressive two terms as Board Chair and five terms as the Chair of the Resource Development Committee, it is no surprise that Lee’s commitment was recognized within the community including being honored as State Board Member of the Year.  Over the years Lee has traveled to Clubs across Florida to share his expertise with struggling organizations and was instrumental in helping Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County open its fourth club in Venice

The father of two children and five grandchildren, Lee is a Director, Vice President, Secretary, and Trust Officer of Caldwell Trust Company. He also serves as a Director of its parent, Trust Companies of America, Inc. Lee also holds a degree in Economics from Duke University and is a Certified Financial Planner.

Going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

Lee is a passionate mentor and often shares encouraging words and provides support when he can. Shaneeka Lee was a young girl when she attended the Roy McBean Club in Newtown, located in public housing. Shaneeka touched Lee’s heart in many ways—she told him that the Culinary Arts at BGC allowed her to make food for her and her brother when Mom worked late. Lee monitored her progress through high school and through the college financial aid & application process. Shaneeka went on to Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta on a Boys & Girls Clubs scholarship that Lee helped to secure and fund.  The first to attend and graduated from college, Shaneeka is now pursuing an advanced degree and stays in contact with Lee. Shaneeka’s story is but a glimpse into the great work Lee does for the BGCSC.