March 24, 2017

35 Under 35 Women’s Catalyst of the Year Award Goes To Kelly Krenzel

This year, we were overwhelmed with the support for a sole nominee for this award.  Kelly Krenzel of the Hope Blooms Project received this award and is a fantastic example of a leader that saw a need and pushed forward to make things happen.

In 2016, Kelly started Hope Blooms as a passion project with the main goal of simply inspiring hope, delivering happiness and emotional healing to people in our community.  Her selfless dedication to the happiness of others, specifically those who may not have anyone else to lift their spirits, is precisely what this community needs more of.  Hope Blooms repurposes donated flowers by rearranging them into beautiful bedside bouquets and delivering them to community members in need.  All with one message: YOU MATTER.

Since starting this initiative, Kelly has not only put smiles on the faces of community members everywhere, she has also mobilized volunteers of all ages to do their part in serving the community alongside her.  She's also touching the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our community – women in emergency shelters. These women are often facing terrible circumstances, and Kelly's touching delivery reminds them that this community is full of kind people who want to see them succeed and become happy, healthy members of our community.

Kelly’s peers believe, that she used her experience in the 35 Under 35 Program as the motivation she needed to bring this passion project to life. Through the sessions she began to understand her power as an individual and gained the courage to go for it.  Following the program, she gained a little more clarity on how to approach this and most importantly how to maximize her talents, resources and connections to get it off the ground.

She even partnered with another 2015 35 Under 35 participant, Christy Tehven, to leverage her expertise in the floral industry. Kelly, thank you for spreading JOY across the community and congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

The 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program Catalyst of the Year Award honors a woman from the United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program alumni who is putting the 35 Under 35 “Mission in Motion” and utilizing their experience as a springboard that propels them into making an impact in their own lives, at their company, or in the greater community.  The recipient has harnessed the momentum from their experience with the United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program and took the initiative to spark change and positively impact the community.

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