November 9, 2012

Citizen of the Week: Renee Brown

The Daily Citizen

— Ken Brown has battled cancer for six years, and the expenses have continued to pile up. So when Renee Brown, one of his friends and a coworker at Lowe’s in Dalton, discovered the family needed help, she rallied her resources to organize a fundraiser.

Renee, who is not related to the family, organized several fundraising activities at the North Georgia Fairgrounds last Saturday to raise about $9,400 for the family. She organized bake sales, an auction, hot dog plates and a jackpot game. The get-together even included a bouncy house for the kids.

Renee Brown’s sister-in-law, Michelle Warnix, said Renee has worked with Ken for several years and wanted to do something to help.

“She did such a great job pulling it all together and ensuring she did all she could to raise as much money as possible at this event  — silent auction, raffles, food, jackpot drawing, games, inflatables and a hay ride for the kids. There were even several singing groups there for entertainment for those that attended the event,” Warnix said. “She had several friends (coworkers) at Lowe’s that pitched in as well to help with the final details, but Renee ensured that all was done, and she put a lot of her time and effort — her heart — into this to make it happen. Considering she had never organized a benefit/fundraiser before, you would have never known, because she did an awesome job.”

Renee Brown also set up a way for people to donate online through Nov. 17. The site is https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/8925.

Eileen Brown, Ken Brown’s mother, said she’s very grateful for Renee’s efforts and those of the other Lowe’s employees who pitched in.

“We’ve been blessed. We do have insurance, but of course (the co-pay has to be paid),” she said. “I’m hoping this will cover most everything.”

For her efforts to help her friend, The Daily Citizen names Renee Brown Citizen of the Week.