RESULTS advocates make collective ‘Leaders for Action’ gift

November 7, 2018
by Willie Dickerson, Roger Hudson, and John Hornby

“They were tireless champions who used their voices and their passion to push forward the end of hunger and poverty.  Be inspired by what they did.  I am.  It helps me continue when I’m tired, speak up when I’m afraid, take action when it seems like this cause seems too big.” –Willie Dickerson, RESULTS volunteer and Grassroots Board member.

When RESULTS announced that they were renewing the Leaders for Action campaign — again looking for donors to make $10,000 gifts each to create a matching fund that would inspire increased giving across the RESULTS network — we knew that we weren’t the only ones in our area who would want to be a part of it.

Many of us in the Northwest region were moved by this campaign and thought about how we might create a collective gift from RESULTS volunteers in our area that would honor the commitment of three tireless volunteers who are no longer with us. That is when we decided to create the Northwest Leaders for Action campaign and reach out to other longtime volunteers and donors in the areas to collectively create a $10,000 gift.

After pooling our collective resources for the gift, it took only a few short months to raise the rest of the gift from other generous members of our community.

We are proud to make this collective gift in memory of the late and sorely-missed Stan Merrell, Bob Dickerson, and Dr. Rich Grady, three of our most respected and beloved Northwest RESULTS civic activists and true “leaders for action.” 

Stan, a life-long salesman, served as RESULTS group leader, regional coordinator, regional conference convener in Vashon Island, Washington. He was a mentor to generations of new advocates and effectively lobbied Congressional delegations in three states.  

Bob, a retired lawyer, threw himself tirelessly into all those roles as long-time Seattle group leader. He demonstrated great passion and dedication to the world's children and developed personal relationships with key politicians who were inspired to discover their own leadership through his work.  

Rich, a nationally respected pediatric urologist, was another effective RESULTS volunteer advocate. He also gave generously of his time and skills by doing life-changing volunteer medical work, sometimes at considerable personal risk, in underserved communities throughout the developing world.  

We are honored to present this gift in their memory, knowing that it will help advance the critical work of RESULTS that they so tirelessly supported.

Want to support the Northwest Leaders for Action campaign with a gift? Donate here.

Want to learn more about how you can start a collective Leaders for Action campaign in your area? Contact us at [email protected]!

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