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T

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

the

Sun

’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

Miller house.

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

fun-loving staff.)

“I put trust on my door to remind

me that it is all about trust,”Mr. Lash-

ley said.

“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

the

Sun

has named himone of its 2016

People of the Year.

Public servant

Mr. Lashley joined the city in 1996

as public services librarian under

then-director Sheila Henderson, who

he regards as a mentor.

“ThefirstweekIwashere,sheasked

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

laugh.

The chair became his in 2000 when

Ms.Henderson tooka job inPasadena,

Texas.

“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

D

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-

formedalongsideOscar awardwinner

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

Georgetown.

Her latest endeavor, which earned

her the

Sun

’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

children.

“I love doing good. It’s a feel-good,

do good situation. The more you do,

the more you want to do,” Ms. Harrah

said.

“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.”

Giving back

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-

anthropic organization.

“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

Leadership and

generosity. Those are

qualities exemplified by

all of our People of the

Year selections.

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

extraordinary people.

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.

Harrah volunteers,

founds Sheraton soirée

Photos by Andy Sharp

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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 1

7. See more photos on 10A a

nd in the Life

section.

Andy Sharp

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,

Elliot McMahon,

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

Smith, 16.