Wallace receives Sunshine Peace award
Her mission to serve victims of domestic violence began more than 15 years ago, but Debbie Wallace, executive director of the Lighthouse Shelter, was recently honored with the Sunshine Peace Award for her work.
She became the 138th individual to receive the award from the Sunshine Lady Foundation Saturday, Aug. 14, in Wilmington, NC.
Lighthouse Shelter Executive Assistant Deana Boerckel nominated Wallace for the award.
"It was a complete surprise," Wallace said.
"Debbie's work in establishing and directing the services of the Lighthouse Shelter were only part of the criteria for the award. The other services she has performed in the community were also evaluated," said Boerckel.
Wallace has served on the board of the Marshall Food Pantry, University of Missouri Extension in Saline County and Saline County InterAgency Council. She served the Community Holiday project, the largest holiday assistance project in the county, for 10 years, six of those years as chairman or co-chairman.
In addition to her work within community organizations, Wallace served on the board of the Missouri coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence for nine years. She was also a regional representative for 13 shelters in the northwest region of the coalition.
"I think Doris Buffett said it best when presenting Debbie with her award, she said "you look like a force" and that is so true. Debbie is a force in the lives of women and children who live daily with the threat of violence and a force in improving her community," said Boerckel.
"It is such and honor to have the Sunshine Lady Foundation look at the work of our organization and recognize that it is among one of the best. This is not just my honor; it is an honor for our employees, Board of Directors and supporters," Wallace said.
Along with the award, the Lighthouse Shelter received a $5,000 donation from the foundation. Wallace additionally received $5,000 and an autographed copy of "Giving it all Away: The Doris Buffett Story" by Michael Zitz.
Buffett founded the Sunshine Lady Foundation in 1996. It is a private family foundation that invests in organizations and programs that help advance education, well being and new life choices for disadvantaged people. This Sunshine Peace Award honors the vital role that domestic violence crusaders play within communities.