Day honored for volunteer efforts

Lucy Day, at left, accepted the Becker Salon Leadership Award from Becker Chicaiza on July 26. She is the   recipient of the award which honors outstanding leaders of nonprofit organizations in the region.

Lucy Day, at left, accepted the Becker Salon Leadership Award from Becker Chicaiza on July 26. She is the recipient of the award which honors outstanding leaders of nonprofit organizations in the region.

Earlier in the summer, Becker Salon established its Leadership Award and now Lucy Day, a founding member and former president of the Breast Cancer Alliance, is the second recipient of the accolade.

The Becker Salon Leadership Award is given to top leaders, male or female, of 501c3 nonprofit organizations of any size in Fairfield and Westchester counties.

Leaders are chosen who are successfully fulfilling a mission and who demonstrate passion and commitment to a cause. Four leaders are to be honored this year.

Recipients are given a complimentary Becker Salon experience — a complete haircut, color and style — and a plaque and donation to their charity.

“We want to recognize those who do so much to make our communities better,” said Becker Chicaiza, owner of the salon. “This is our way to say thank you and give back to those leaders who do not often receive recognition for their efforts.”

A chartered financial analyst, Ms. Day worked on Wall Street before becoming a full-time volunteer. In addition to her work with the Breast Cancer Alliance, she has also served as board chairman of Community Answers, president of the Garden Education Center of Greenwich and a regional chairman of the Garden Club of America.

Founded in 1996, the Breast Cancer Alliance strives to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure.

The organization invests in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, dignified support and screening for the underserved and uninsured.

Since its founding, the Breast Cancer Alliance has awarded $17 million in grants.

The first recipient of the 2013 Becker Salon Leadership Award was Shari Shapiro, executive director of Kids in Crisis. Two additional leaders will be selected through the end of the year.

The salon enables clients to cast a vote for their choice of leaders through its website, BeckerSalon.com, and social media.

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