Remarkable Women: Sarah DeLaurentis, Phyllis Silverstein, Sue Daugherty

Meet three women who are unique in their professional fields and personal lives.

April 10, 2018
Remarkable Women

Marilyn Russell's first guest is Sarah Delaurentis, who is Director of Development & Communications for Action Wellness.  Significantly, she is also the driving force behind the annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser, which happens this year on Thursday, April 19th.  

Action Wellness is a Philadelphia-based organization which provides services to individuals living with chronic illnesses, such as rapid health screenings, housing and volunteer services, physical and mental medical care, and educational and vocational assistance.  Dining out for Life is Action Wellness' signature event, founded in Philadelphia in 1991 and since spreading to over 60 North American cities.  On the last Thursday in April, participating restaurants donate 33% of each diner's food bill to Action Wellness and other AIDS service organizations.  More than 200 restaurants and thousands of diners participate every year!  Sarah also discusses this year's Food Truck Pop Up, which will kick off Dining Out for Life the Saturday before the big day.

Next, we meet Phyllis Silverstein, Media Director at Colonail Penn Life Insurance Company.  She has been with Colonial Penn since November of 2006, and is an MBA holder who has worked on both the agency and client side.

Most remarkable about Phyllis, however, is her survival story.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer right before her 44th birthday, but has just celebrated her fifth year cancer free!  She managed it all while being the single mom of two boys, and continuing her work with the homeless through her church.  Phyllis speaks about the blessing that is being alive, and her attempts to leave the world a better place than when she found it.  It's a philosophy that anyone who has faced her struggle and come through it victoriously can share.

Last, Marilyn speaks to Sue Daughterty, CEO of MANNA in Philadelphia, PA.  MANNA is a non-profit organization that cooks and delivers nutritious, medically-appropriate meals to individuals in the region who are battling life-threatening illnesses.  

Sue is committed to the community, both locally and abroad.  Relying on her belief that "food is medicine", she advocates for nutrition counseling and assistance for those who might be suffering.  She is a board member of the Association of Nutrition Service Agencies, and served as its representative in Namibia, where she developed nutrition programs for orphans and vulnerable children impacted by HIV/AIDS. She was pivotal in bringing MANNA's vision to its present day scope of helping individuals win the fight of their lives through nutrition.  She speaks to Marilyn about the 25th annual "Shut Up & Dance" event, presented by the Dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet, on April 14th.