Daily Point of Light # 2821 Nov 26, 2004

Daily Point of Light Award for
Strengthening Families and Transforming Neighborhoods

G. Brent Minor is one of five winners of a special judging of the Daily Point of Light Award being honored during National Family Week (Nov 22-26, 2004). Commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the United Nation’s International Year of the Family, these awards honor and celebrate individuals, families, organizations, and volunteer efforts that are strengthening families and transforming neighborhoods by making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families and meeting the critical needs of their communities.

Learn more about how volunteering strengthens families and transforms neighborhoods.

G. Brent Minor, Vice President of Business Development of LaSalle Bank of Chicago, serves on the national Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes. March of Dimes’ trustees, who serve as volunteers, represent the public in governing the organization and advancing its mission to save babies from birth defects, infant mortality and premature birth.

Since 1980, Minor has been a volunteer leader with the March of Dimes and has served in various capacities. He is currently a member-at-large of the National Office of Volunteers and President Society’s Liaison. At the local level, he has served as a board member of both the Illinois Chapter and the Chicago Division and Chair of the Nominating Committee. He has held membership on various committees including Executive Walk, Finance, Revenue Development, Star Chefs and Public Affairs. At the regional level, he served as Chair of the Public Affairs Committee and Regional Chair of the National Office of Volunteers. At the national level, he served as a member of the National Board of Advisors from 2000-2003.

Minor is the founding Chair of the National Office of Volunteers and was its Chair for three years. In this capacity, he was the liaison to many chapters, providing leadership in volunteer and revenue development. In addition, he serves as the liaison to the Puerto Rico Chapter, assisting them with developing volunteers and boards, raising revenue, and working with local government and health professionals.

Minor is an exceptional volunteer who is willing to take on any task for the March of Dimes, no matter how large or small. He has identified countless key company contacts for sponsorship of WalkAmerica, March of Dimes, largest fundraiser, and other fundraising events. He has also recruited dignitaries to chair program events. When the Illinois Division office was without an Executive Director for nearly a year, Minor provided guidance for staff and volunteers to ensure smooth operation. He is the advisor and mentor for volunteers across the country. He is also a trainer and presenter on volunteer development and fund raising for both staff and volunteers.

For the last 13 years, under Mr. Minor’s leadership, LaSalle Bank has been a March of Dimes national WalkAmerica team. In 2003, the bank raising over $600,000 and in 2004 increased that figure to $355,000, and they’re still counting. LaSalle Bank is one of the largest WalkAmerica team in Illinois and one of the largest national bank teams.

In recognition of Minor’s commitment to the March of Dimes, he has received many awards. In 1991, he was recipient of two distinguished awards: the first national recipient of the Elaine Whitelaw Volunteer Service Award, the highest award a March of Dimes volunteer can receive; and the President’s Award for Excellence. In 1995, he received Illinois’ Distinguished Service Award. In 1998, he received the Harry E. Green Lifetime Achievement Award in Illinois, representing a minimum of 15 years of dedicated service. This October, he will be cited as Signature Chefs Honoree.