(reprinted with permission of The Message)
Benedictine Sister Donna Marie Herr, director of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Evansville, Indiana, recently received Leadership Evansville’s Celebration of Leadership Award for Health and Social Services during the organization’s 22nd Annual Celebration of Leadership Event.
Mater Dei High School graduate Keith Rawley, a former student of Sister Donna Marie who now serves as director of budget and procurement for AstraZeneca, presented the award. The Evansville District of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul nominated Sister Donna Marie.
“Sister Donna Marie Herr has selflessly dedicated her volunteer efforts to helping the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry for the past nine years,” Rawley told a crowd estimated at more than 1,200. “Sister Donna Marie’s compassion and inviting personality have made collaboration with the city’s other food pantries run smoothly. Her dedication extends beyond providing for those in need of the pantry’s services; her commitment to recognizing the priceless volunteers who help make the mission of the pantry possible never ceases.”