I love planning and promoting events, and that’s a large part of what I do for our local charities.
Renee was born and raised in Alabama where she still lives today. She learned about her selection for the Celebrity Cruise on her birthday, and she and a good friend, Holly Shirley will be enjoying the cruise together. Renee worked for several years in human resources at Target before taking on her current job, which lets her spend more time at home with her two boys, Ethan (5), Dylan (2) and husband GlynnGlynn a disabled veteran, who served in both the Coast Guard and Army.
Renee is active in many local and nationwide charities. She works with Safe House, which provides a refuge for women and children victimized by domestic abuse. At Family Connections, Renee works with at risk youth who have been placed there by the state. For many of these kids, this is the first time they have had any structure in their lives. Renee also works with Children's Harbor, an organization that provides a place where families can gather and rest while staying with their child in the hospital.
Most of Renee's efforts, however, go toward two national programs. Last year, Renee planned and promoted the National Night Out in her county. This is an event to highlight awareness about crime and safety in the community. She got 200 volunteers to participate and over 2500 people to attend. She arranged for the FBI, Homeland Security, DEA, the county's sheriff's office, and others to give presentations, set up booths, and inform the community about crime and safety issues in their area.
The closest thing to Renee's heart, however, is her helmet campaign. Alabama suffered over 200 deaths in April 2011 from tornadoes raging throughout the state. Many people survived because they had helmets available in their homes, but many lives were lost because they did not. Renee has been preaching helmet safety for years. She has spoken at UAB and many other forums to promote the cause. She is supported by survivors who had helmets available, and her goal, says Renee, "is to get helmets in every home and classroom."