Parker County Today September 2017 - Page 72

our society: BACHELORETTES Parker County’s Six Most Extraordinary Bachelorettes BY MELISSA MOORMAN, MISTY BROWNING, SCOTLYN OGLE PHOTOS BY ZACH PETERSON E 70 Lori Clay — Careity Foundation ven though 36-year-old Lori Clay just moved back to Parker County, to her it feels like she never left. The Reunion Title employee and mom of three boys shows her love for her community by volunteering in multiple organizations. For that reason, Clay is excited to be involved with our bachelorette event, because it allows her to give back to the community by serving those in need and making a difference, one day at a time.  “I truly love this community,” said Clay. “I feel volunteer work is essential. I’m currently committed to serving the Aledo Children’s AdvoCats and the Parker County Health Foundation.”  Clay’s plans for the future are grounded in both her beliefs and her family legacy of giving a helping hand to those around her as she finishes up her bachelor’s degree, with studies ranging from philanthropy to social justice. All this goes hand in hand with her legacy that started with her great-grandfather so many years ago.  “He moved from London to Newfoundland, seeking freedom of religion,” she said. “It was during the turn of the century when he witnessed an army of Salvationists helping residents dig out and recover from the disastrous blizzard and wanted to help. That day forever altered the course of his life, as well as his son’s, making me the fifth generation to carry out my family’s legacy.”  Her favorite thing about Parker County is the Parker County Peach Festival. “Being a native, I grew up riding alongside my father in the annual Peach Pedal. The roll- ing hills, the bluebonnets and wildflowers. I now enjoy doing these same activities with my own children.” Clay is excited to have Careity as her charity because it is near and dear to her heart for many reasons. Her grandmother was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and after a two-year-long battle and subsequent chemothera- py, she became cancer-free by age 78.  “I remember her saying just two words that day: ‘early detection.’ From then on, she devoted the remain- der of her days to telling as many people as she could about how important early detection really is. Being able to spread awareness alongside Careity Foundation and Sundance Club — [my] abundance of excitement and heartfelt appreciation doesn’t even begin to describe גw&FVgVW72(