B y M A D I S O N S I M M O N S
en dollars donated to a good
cause might not save the world.
But what if 10 people gave $10?
What if 20 people did?
It stacks up fast.
“Ten dollars isn’t exactly a lot but
the impact can add up to something
huge,” Carter Miller said.
This is the foundingprincipleof Ten
at a Time, the nonprofit Carter and his
brother Calvin founded in 2014.
“Basically, it was about our families
wanting tomakeadifferenceout in the
world and going out to do good,” Car-
ter Miller said.
The Miller boys, 10 and 13 years old
at the time, thought about putting on
car washes, lemonade stands or bake
sales. They had held fund-raisers for
nonprofits before and the family often
volunteered around town.
But they wanted a way to give con-
tinuously, and to learn more about
where theirmoneywent along theway.
That’s when, in September 2014,
Ten at a Time was born. This giving
group of boys is deserving of one of
’s 2016 People of theYear titles.
Giving and learning
Once a month, the Miller brothers
and their friends, ages 10 through 16,
gather around the kitchen table at the
Each boy brings $10 to the meeting.
“We were all very passionate about
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bove a strip of crime scene
tape, near the “Habitat of the
Blue-speckled Lashley” label,
three sticky notes — one yel-
low, two blue — greet George-
town Public Library director Eric
Lashley each time he enters his office.
Words are important to a man who
deals in information and hewants the
terms “trust,” “turning outward” and
“collateral benefits” to remain fresh in
his mind. (The other items are from
“I put trust on my door to remind
me that it is all about trust,”Mr. Lash-
“I have to trust the community. I
have to trust my staff. Everything
good is built on trust.”
In June, Mr. Lashley marked his
20th year with the library. Sixteen of
those he has spent at the helm.
Under his leadership, 24 staff
members, several on-call employees
and roughly 100 volunteers keep the
library, which celebrated its 50th an-
niversary earlier this year, humming.
The facility offers much more than
a place to check out books.
Mr. Lashley has surrounded him-
self with a talented and compassion-
ate staff who help feed the curiosity,
answer the questions and meet the
needs of the community.
It is for these reasons andmore that
has named himone of its 2016
People of the Year.
Mr. Lashley joined the city in 1996
as public services librarian under
then-director Sheila Henderson, who
he regards as a mentor.
me intoher officeandshe said, ‘Where
do you want to be in five years?’ and I
pointed at her chair and I said, ‘Right
there,’ ” Mr. Lashley recalled.
“I was ambitious,” he added with a
The chair became his in 2000 when
Ms.Henderson tooka job inPasadena,
“I think I wanted it because I could
feel that libraries could really bemore
than books,” Mr. Lashley said.
B y J O N A T H A N A D A M S
uring the 1950s, Joanne Harrah
dreamed of moving to New
York to become a famous ac-
tress. Her favorite memory
from acting was when she per-
George C. Scott.
“In the early 50s, I thought, at the
time, that I really wanted to be an ac-
tress. I really did,” Ms. Harrah said.
“But, I realized that you needed to
know somebody and had to be very,
very good — although, my write-ups
are as good as George C. Scott’s, I do
have to tell you that.”
She uses her warm personality to
help raisemoney for nonprofits across
Her latest endeavor, which earned
’s 2016 Person of the Year
title, was founding the Soirée at the
Sheraton, an event that brought to-
gether 600 attendees who raised more
than $254,000 for The Georgetown
Project and the Palace Theatre. Both
organizations are dedicated to helping
“I love doing good. It’s a feel-good,
do good situation. The more you do,
the more you want to do,” Ms. Harrah
“We’re patrons of the Palace The-
ater and we’re on the Palace board. I
have no desire to act anymore. I do not
want tomemorize anymore— it takes
a lot of time.”
WhenMs. Harrah and her husband
of 64 years, Bill, got to Georgetown,
she knew the first thing she would do
would be to find a way to get involved
with the community, meet new people
and help in any way she could.
“Well, yeah. I mean, after the first
year or so of being here, when I was
so involvedwith being a travel agent, I
gradually added becoming a member
of the Assistance League of George-
town,” she said, referring to the phil-
“I hadn’t been a member for too ter-
ribly long before I said, ‘I think I’ve got
a great idea for a fund-raiser. It’s called
Taste of the Best of Georgetown.’ ”
In 2005, Ms. Harrah teamed up
PEOPLE OF THE YEAR
Lashley leads library
into new educational era
People of the Year
generosity. Those are
qualities exemplified by
all of our People of the
Eric Lashley has
led the Georgetown
Public Library through
many changes over the
last 16 years; Joanne
Harrah founded the
Soirée at the Sheraton,
a new fund-raiser that
raised $250,000 for
children, and the Ten at
a Time boys created a
giving group to benefit
charities, using a
monthly contribution of
$10 from each member.
We hope you share
our sentiment as you
read about these
Eric Lashley, director of the Georgetown Public Library, stands in the library’s children’s section.
The library celebrated its 50th anniversary this past year.
Joanne Harrah poses with her Santa Claus collection at her Sun City home. She founded the
Soirée at the Sheraton, a fund-raiser that grossed more than $250,000 this year for two non-
profits’ efforts to help children.
founds Sheraton soirée
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Boys make big difference
Photos of the year
As severe storm clouds gather, a horse paces in its pasture at the Ride
On Center for Kids on April 17. See more photos on 10A a
nd in the Life
Nine of the Ten at
a Time boys pose
for a portrait. They
collect $10 each to
donate to a char-
ity. In the front
row, left to right,
are Carter Miller,
13, Jacob Kelly, 14,
15, and Joseph
Kelly, 15. In the
back, from left, are
Ryan Wall, 15, Blake
Garcia, 16, Calvin
Miller, 16, Jeremy
Kelly, 10, and Niko