THE 2017 CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE
Saint John's Program for Real Change is excited to announce the first annual Party for Change award! We’re presenting the “Champion of Change” award to those who exemplify the core values of Saint John's: Love, Courage, Effort, Gratitude, Respect, Community, and Growth. A Champion of Change goes above and beyond to support the mission of Saint John's and the women and children working hard to break the cycle of homelessness, poverty, and dependence for good. We’re honored to announce our 2017 Champions of Change: Russell Austin and Marcy Friedman!
For Russell Austin, an attorney in private practice for the past 37 years, the concept of service to others is an integral part of his work. Russell puts that concept into action with his wide range of volunteer services for organizations across Sacramento. When Russell was approached in 2010 by CEO Michele Steeb to guide Saint John's through the many legal obstacles associated with starting a job-training program, he quickly saw an opportunity where his skills and experience could be of service.
"It's a privilege to serve even a small role in the transformation of another person's life," says Russell. Russell is a partner at the Sacramento Law firm of Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP.
The words “champion” and “change” are cornerstones of our next Champion for Change, Marcy Friedman. For more than four decades, Marcy has led the way in countless community projects, including the 100-million-dollar campaign to propel the Crocker Art Museum to national acclaim. Marcy's inimitable actions make her one of Sacramento's most respected philanthropists. But you may be surprised to learn Marcy does not care for that word.
"Philanthropy is so much more than just writing a check. You can't pay for change. To create REAL change, you have to roll up your sleeves and do the work, you give your time and effort, you get out in front of a project and become the catalyst to make something happen. Everybody has a voice. And I believe that's the real story of this Saint John’s. Finding and using your voice for good."