Honoree 2013 – Gretchen Knowlton

Knowlton_GretchenCongrats to Gretchen Knowlton for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!

Name:  Gretchen Knowlton

Nominating Organization:  The Allergan Foundation

Honoree Category:  Education

Why Nominated:  Involved in a wide array of volunteer activities, Gretchen’s focus shows a strong empathy for children and people with disabilities, with an overarching interest in caring for the under-served.  She has worked for many years with THINK Together Orange County, even organizing their holiday gift drive for the last four years.  She serves the visually impaired on a regular basis, sharing her skills with the people of Makapo Aquatics Project, a paddling club for blind and partially sighted adults and children.  Further committed to making a difference, in 2011 Gretchen co-founded Club 1250, a charity service organization that publishes monthly newsletters introducing smaller charities and volunteer opportunities.  Gretchen has been an Allergan employee for 13 years.

 Please write a note of congratulations below!

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8 thoughts on “Honoree 2013 – Gretchen Knowlton

  1. Gretchen, your volunteer work shows such a broad range of interests, all with a common theme of a deep and profound love for people – and how wonderful is Club 1250?! So appreciate that you had the vision to recognize a need and respond….talk about “be the change!” Kudos!

  2. Gretchen is a light in so many corners. In addition to all the volunteer work and charity efforts, she also happens to be my amazing friend. The phrase that comes to mind for me is “bloodied but not bowed.” She continues to stand up for herself and others with a fierce love that shines through and penetrates the heart!

  3. I am honored to have met you and to be included in congratulating you. You had great energy when we met and I am so glad that energy keeps moving forward, changing people’s lives.

  4. Gretchen, What a wonderful gift you are to the kids at the Noah Teen Center and all of us at THINK Together. Your sincere heart for giving touches so many lives . . . and it is contagious. It was nice seeing you a couple weeks ago. Thanks for your recent donation of books for our Early Literacy Program, too.

  5. Congratulations Gretchen! You have blessed a lot of people with your time and energy.
    May God richly bless you!

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