Philanthropist Of The Year Award Nominees 

Each year the Linda Vann Lassiter Women's Society honors a philanthropist in Johnston County. The winner will be honored at an annual celebration.

The honor is awarded annually to an individual who has made a positive impact in our community through giving, and whose philanthropic leadership sets an inspiring example for all with regard to time, talents, and treasures.

Nominees must: reside in Johnston County; demonstrate a track record of charitable giving to one or more nonprofit organizations with a positive impact in the community; encourage, motivate, and inspire others to become philanthropic; volunteer and connect others to the organization through their passion; provide leadership and vision making them well-regarded in the community.

2023's Winner Lori Lee

Lori Lee

The 2023 Linda Vann Lassiter Women’s Society Philanthropist of the Year was awarded to Lori Lee.  Lori focuses most of her efforts on adolescents undergoing life-changing medical challenges. 

She has founded, not one, but two non-profit organizations; one founded in 2004, and the other, more recent, in 2022.  Her first non-profit, Me Fine, began after her son’s death in 2004.  Me Fine helps families whose children are experiencing a medical crisis.  Support comes in the form of both financial and emotional assistance.

The Gale Healthcare Foundation was started to assist in the national shortage of healthcare professionals. This organization offers scholarship opportunities to nursing professionals to further their education and training.