2018 ascenaCARES ASSOCIATE AWARD WINNERS

ascenaCARES Associate Awards recognize associates who are giving back to their communities and award a $1,000 grant to support each honoree’s chosen nonprofit organization. One winner from each of the ascena collective of brands is chosen annually.

Congratulations to the following associates who won this prestigious Award and were recognized at the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards on October 17, 2018 in New York, NY.

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SHELBY MCFALL

Lead Sales Associate (Kentucky)
Nominated by: Danielle Stevens

Shelby joined The International Order of Rainbow for Girls when she was 11 years old. This youth service organization empowers young girls to grow into strong and capable women and instills in them the importance of leading a life of service. Shelby served as head state dignitary for Rainbow in Kentucky from 2016-2017. She now mentors active rainbow girls and is a member of the Jr. Grand Executive Board in Kentucky.

 

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DONNA SMITH

Merchandise Processor (Ohio)
Nominated by: Nicole Myles Fletcher

Donna has been a volunteer coach for children with disabilities for 8 years, working with the Pickerington Special Needs League, the Stars Special Needs League, and the Superhero’s League, which enters its 4th season in 2019.

 

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MK O’HAVER

Store Manager (West Virginia)
Self-nomination

MK has long believed in the importance of women helping other women to better themselves and the world in which they live. That belief has led to her work with Dress for Success, where local affiliates work with referral agencies, volunteers and companies across the world to positively impact women’s lives. MK has seen the power of a new outfit and how the support of other women can help a woman feel confident and empowered.

 

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MOE LIETZ

Assistant Manager (Michigan)
Nominated by: Donna Spreyer

When Moe Lietz created Sparkle Network in 2014, she underestimated the impact it would have on the Metro Detroit area. Prom Closet Project Tour provides free prom dresses to young women who can’t afford the expense, while Operation Little Princess supports children fighting illnesses, including cancer, with special hospital visits and events that bring awareness. Both programs continue to grow and flourish in the community.

 

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KARIS COLE

Style Advisor (Ontario, Canada)
Self-nomination

Karis has been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton since she was in 9th grade and built a great relationship with her case manager. She now volunteers in the In-School Mentor and Girls Linking Our Worlds programs. Her “little” warms her heart, and continues to remind her of the importance of meeting children where they are at, and building challenges in healthy and critical ways to support both success and failure, as they are both integral to growing as a person.

 

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NICHOLE VERNO

Sales Lead (Pennsylvania)
Nominated by: Francine Wilson

In 2016, Nikki joined a sisterhood of amazing women called the Villianettes, who stand for Truth-Honor-Respect-Class-Family-Charity. Nikki’s sisterhood organizes and holds special events to benefit multiple charities and those in local communities in need. As a scout, she reaches out to prospective candidates to ensure that they exhibit the passion in giving back that the sisterhood embodies.

 

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KRISTY ZERA

District Manager (New York/New Jersey)
Nominated by: Allyson Genck

Over the course of more than 115 years, The Children’s Fresh Air Home has provided an enriching summer experience at the Jersey Shore for more than 20,000 underserved children from New Jersey and Philadelphia. The home invites children facing adversity at home or in their communities to participate in a variety of day and overnight programs. Kristy has volunteered her time with children in the “If Just for a Day” program, for fundraising efforts such as “Ride to Rebuild” and for gaining support from the local community.

 

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BRI WALDOCH

Senior Manager (Minnesota)
Nominated by: Olivia St. Croix

Bri works with a group of young professionals in her community to plan and host bi-monthly birthday parties for children living at the Steve O’Neil Apartments. These children have all experienced long-term homelessness, and through supportive housing and innovative programing, the goal of this organization is to break the cycle of homelessness and foster strong, resilient families.

 

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LENDRELL MARTIN

Technical Designer (New York)
Nominated by: Paras Terzis

As a member of the Urban League of Essex County Young Professionals, Lendrell works with young men and women within his community to help prepare them for their futures. He has conducted a professional development and speed mentoring workshop with 110 inner city high school students embarking on their first paid corporate internships, a professional clothing drive, and an interactive workshop for students and young professionals to challenge the students’ critical thinking skills.