Officials of The Pat Summitt Foundation expressed appreciation today to Lady Vol Alumna Susan Clower Allen for her generous gifts totaling over $30,000 to date to support her coach’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The announcement comes as the Foundation launches a special appeal to Lady Vol basketball alumnae to come together as one team to have a major impact on the Foundation’s fundraising campaign to raise $2.5 million over five years.
The funds raised will help to create The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The goal of this appeal is for 100% giving participation by the Lady Vol basketball alumnae in honor of Pat’s legacy of ensuring that 100% of her players who completed their eligibility at the University of Tennessee graduated.
Speaking about her gift Allen said, “First, giving to the Foundation is a privilege for me. Alzheimer’s has affected the two most important women in my life, my Mom and Pat. Both women played a big role in who I am today and both stressed giving back.”
“Supporting the Foundation is my way to honor these great women. After the first donation, I realized that it is a direct extension of Pat and the Lady Vol philosophy. Giving has been easy and gratitude for the gifts has been demonstrated many times over. It’s a great relationship for both the Foundation and the donor. I am proud to be a donor and I encourage my fellow Lady Vol basketball alumnae to support The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic.”
Allen, a Kingston, TN native played guard for Summitt from 1978 to 1982 as part of the teams who garnered Pat’s 100th win in 1979 and 200th win in 1982. After graduating she went on to become a successful business owner based in Kingston. She now manages a multi-million dollar consulting practice for System Maintenance Services with 50 highly skilled data migration consultants serving clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 10 companies and describes her role as the “Coach” of very talented people.
“Once a Lady Vol… Always a Lady Vol! It means the world to me that Susan Clower Allen has been so supportive of the Foundation,” said Summitt. “Tyler and I want to thank her and all the Lady Vols who are paying it forward to assist us in our fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
About The Pat Summitt Foundation
The Pat Summitt Foundation, a Fund of East Tennessee Foundation, was established by Pat Summitt in November 2011. Dedicated to winning the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, its mission is to award grants to exemplary non-profit organizations that advance research for treatment and a cure, provide support for patients and caregivers, and educate the public on Alzheimer’s disease. In January 2015, The Pat Summitt Foundation formed a strategic partnership with the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN to create The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic. The Foundation launched a 5-year, $2.5 million fundraising campaign to help establish the Clinic. To learn more please visit www.patsummitt.org, like us on Facebook.com/patsummittfoundation, and follow us on Twitter: @webackpat.