“Sara is a natural-born leader,” said Lisa Marshall, chief philanthropy officer and vice president of philanthropy and alumni relations for Wake Forest Baptist. “She gives tirelessly of her time, energy, talents and resources. People who work with her most closely call her the Energizer bunny, because she never stops and just keeps going until the job is done.”
DeLapp has recruited nearly 1,000 people in the community to provide philanthropic support for LMC-related causes, including the annual Sportsmen’s Saturday event and the fundraising campaign for a new surgical facility. Since she initiated Sportsmen’s Saturday in 2010, the event has raised nearly $1.6 million to benefit various needs at LMC, including the new surgical facility, Rehabilitation Services, the Emergency Department and the Cancer Center.
She also has served on the board of the Hinkle Hospice House and Medical Ministries, is a long-time board member of the J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington, and was a member of the Davidson County Community College Foundation Board for 22 years, leading the board as president from 1994-96 and chairing the foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala. She was named director emeritus in 2006 in honor of her lengthy and successful tenure.
Philanthropy and Alumni Relations also recognized Great Clips and local franchisee Joe Kissick as a Spirit of Philanthropy table honoree at the event. Kissick and Great Clips have supported Brenner Children’s through fundraising efforts for several years.