The Gerald and Sheldon Pollack Award was established in December 1979, with a gift to Phi Mu Foundation from Gerald and Sheldon Pollack of the J.O. Pollack Company. The award is presented each biennium during Phi Mu National Convention to collegiate members who excel in social service leadership. Women are nominated for this award and receive $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place.
Neely Horton, Kappa Alpha Chapter, Mississippi State University, is the first place recipient of the Gerald and Sheldon Pollack Award and is said to have had a ‘philanthropic heart’ from the very moment she joined her chapter. Neely served as Philanthropy Chair and organized her chapter’s first-ever trip to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, and also values the importance of fundraising for Phi Mu Foundation. Having a fellow chapter member who directly benefited from a member assistance grant from Phi Mu Foundation just a year ago, she has encouraged her sisters to remember that when they raise money for M3 and Phi Mu Foundation, it’s helping women they know and love continue their Phi Mu journey.
The second place recipient of the Gerald and Sheldon Pollack Award is Ansley Jones, Gamma Sigma Chapter, Georgia College. As Philanthropy Chair for her chapter, she has helped raise more than $32,000 for Children’s Miracle Network and personally completed 170 community service in just two years on campus. After the tragic loss of her chapter sister, Julia Tarver, Ansley also helped start the Julia Tarver Memorial Scholarship Fund at Georgia College with the Jammin’ for Julia lip sync philanthropy on campus.
Congratulations to these women who are making such a positive, lasting impact on their chapters and on their campuses!