Lauren’s Gift is LKNConnect’s Outstanding Non-Profit for the month of April. Read about Lauren’s story here. —EH Stafford, Managing Editor


Lauren’s Gift: Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma, Inc.

Our charity events would not be possible without the volunteers and committee members. Currently, we have volunteers from throughout North and South Carolina. We are fortunate that Lauren was very involved in the community and grew up in the local area. In the beginning, we only had help from her local friends and family. As we grow awareness for our foundation, this group grows larger and larger each year.


What our committee members do

The duties of our committee members are to plan and set up the events. They are responsible for securing sponsorships and donations for the foundation. The committee members also organize the volunteers and their duties.


Our events




5K Butterfly Run/Walk – May 16, 2020

Laura Engel of Aquesta Bank heads our annual 5K each year.








Annual Golf Tournament

Donnie Grissom, Chairman of the Board heads our annual golf tournament.



Both of these individuals bring a ton of experience to the table. The foundation is lucky to have each of them on board.


What our volunteers do

Each fundraising event requires a lot of volunteers. Our past events have drawn volunteers from throughout North and South Carolina. Our volunteers help to make the events come to life.


Volunteers are most needed the day of the event. They hand out event bags, direct participants to the correct locations, answer questions, and much more!


Thank you to all of our volunteers

To everyone that has assisted in one or more of our events — THANK YOU!

Truly, the foundation cannot do it without you.


How to get involved

If you are interested in getting involved with our non-profit foundation, please reach out to us. No amount of time or experience is too little.


To donate or sign up to volunteer, visit the foundation’s website at





Kristin Phillips, Board Member
Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma, Inc.
Lauren’s Gift








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