Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Name: Lindsey McDonald
Born: Clinton, Iowa
Family: Husband, Ryan and two children Maddy, 12, and A.J., 11. The family also has a dog named Berkley
Occupation: Director of Product Configuration Management at ScriptPro
Dream job as a child: McDonald said she wanted to either be a photographer or florist as a young child. She used to work in a flower shop and loved the creative aspect of both professions.
Digging deeper: McDonald was recently awarded the first ever Good Neighbor award by Mayor Michelle Distler.
Distler said she wanted to start a Good Neighbor award program when she was elected and thought McDonald was the perfect first recipient for the award.
"You are the type of neighbor I aspire to be," Distler told McDonald during a recognition ceremony at a recent City Council meeting.
McDonald accepted the award in front of about a dozen of her neighbors. McDonald lives in the Grey Oaks neighborhood in Shawnee and was recognized not only for her neighborly qualities, but for her work in organizing the annual Grey Oaks grilling competition.
McDonald said she wanted to start a community event in her neighborhood and had some experience as an event organizer. She knew that her neighbors loved grilling and decided to start the event every weekend after Labor Day. She wanted the event to include activities for the whole family, and it quickly grew into an event that now features a sidewalk chalk competition and a "Fun Run" that raises money for charity. Now, almost every family in the neighborhood makes sure they are free that weekend.
"Something like this doesn't just happen because of one person, it happens with the help of a great community," McDonald said.
McDonald describes it as making a cake. She simply provided the base and her neighbors rallied around her with their own special talents to add the frosting.
This past year, the event's Fun Run raised $6,000 or a Grey Oaks neighborhood resident battling Leukemia. The previous two year had raised more than $2,000 for other charitable donations.
McDonald said she was truly surprised when Distler said she wanted to present her with the first ever Good Neighbor award.
"It's humbling," McDonald said.