Brazos Valley woman honored with top public service award in DC

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A Brazos Valley woman is being recognized Tuesday in DC with a Jefferson Award for Public Service. The prestigious honor means she’s one of the nation’s most devoted volunteers. After elevating women in the community, Sheree Boegner will now have a moment in the spotlight.

Sheree Boegner represents the Brazos Valley in DC at a reception for the 2019 Jefferson Awards for Public Service. The devoted volunteer is being honored for tremendous efforts to lift up victims of domestic violence. (Source: GrayDC)

Unsung hero Sheree Boegner steps onto center stage in the nation’s capital. The Sassy Shoe Social founder describes this moment as “truly humbling.”

“I cannot believe that I’m here,” Boegner said.

Ten years ago, what started as a small event to bring together some girlfriends expanded into a major undertaking called the Sassy Shoe Social. Each year, the organization hosts a big event where folks in the community come together to walk the runway to raise money and awareness for survivors of domestic violence.

“The women that are very close to me that went through that: they are the most strongest, courageous, absolutely amazing women,” said Boegner.

From collecting shoes and toiletries for the Twin City’s Phoebe’s Home, to building a playground for children in the shelter, Boegner says the evolution of these projects is a testament to the big heart of the Brazos Valley.

“Our community is so giving and so much wants to make a difference in anything to make a strong community,” said Boegner.

After years of volunteering, now Boegner is one of about 150 volunteers from around the country honored at the 2019 Jefferson Awards for Public Service. This program first launched in 1972 with the backing of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Since then, thousands of the country’s most outstanding volunteers have been honored.

Monica Lerma and Shannon Madlock nominated Boegner for all her hard work. They joined her in Washington for the big week.

“She’s so humble and she’s so ready to lift everyone up,” explained Madlock. “When people need help, she answers the call.”

After Tuesday’s breakfast awards ceremony, Boegner made her way to Capitol Hill and had the chance to meet with Texas Senator Ted Cruz. He congratulated her on her award and wished her a nice visit to Washington.

The foundation will also hand out five national awards Tuesday night at a gala for the top finalists.

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