It’s easy to see why Tricia Lee oversees successful fundraising events.She approaches them like a corporate executive would tackle a new project: thoroughly, thoughtfully and with an eye toward a successful outcome.
Selected as this year’s Volunteer of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, Lee is hard at work putting together this year’s Steak and Stake, the nonprofit’s major fundraiser, which takes place Oct. 21 at Ballantrae Country Club in Port St. Lucie.
Lee also chaired last year’s Steak and Stake and — although others deemed it a success — she saw room for improvement and set out to make that happen.
One of the decisions was to move it to a more upscale location, one that lent itself to a positive experience.
And although some fundraisers have scores of committee members, a relatively small number of people work on the overall planning of this one.
She oversees the obtaining of sponsorships, securing auction items, table settings and coming up with fun ideas for participants, among other things.
Since the children who are served by the Clubs attend, she also looks for ways to incorporate them into the flow, wanting them to enjoy themselves but also hoping to maximize their interaction with event attendees.
Lee has lived in Port St. Lucie for three and a half years, moving here from Palm Beach Gardens with her husband Spencer (Dr. S. Darrell Lee) and their daughters Sadie, 7, and Shaina, 9.
She says she is grateful to be in a position to give back and appreciates the wonderful things the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County offer to the children who belong.
She thinks the mentoring program is especially important in helping the youngsters see their way to a productive and healthy future.
In addition to her contribution to the Clubs, Lee is also Room Mom for Sadie’s class at The Pine School in Hobe Sound. She helps plan special events to mark Valentine’s Day, an end-of-year party and holidays for the students, as well as accompanying them on field trips to places like the Hobe Sound Nature Center.
Tricia Lee doesn’t work on a multitude of things simultaneously: she’s focused and goal-oriented and likes to direct her considerable energies into one project and do it to the best of her ability.
It’s no wonder the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County has selected her as Volunteer of the Year.