Shaping a Legacy
Everyone leaves some kind of legacy. Most of us would be lucky to leave one half as great as Irene Walters.
Irene is the 2016 recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Red Cross. The award is given each year for “contributions to the community that exemplify the principles of the international Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement”—namely the first one: humanity.
It would be hard to find someone with a more impressive resume—Irene has made significant contributions to the Fort Wayne community in a variety of roles: as a board member, as a volunteer, and through her public service work as executive director of university relations and communications for IPFW.
But Irene’s impact extends beyond her impressive list of accolades and accomplishments. She has had a profound personal influence on the people that live in her community. These are the stories that can’t fit into a press release or a bio blurb, yet they are at the heart of a true humanitarian. So we decided to put them at the center of the video we produced for the awards ceremony.
There are dozens of stories that illustrate the extent of her impact. We chose to highlight just a few of them in this video, which features touching interviews with family members and area leaders sharing their perspectives and testimonies about Irene’s influence—both on them and on the community.
We were honored to work on this video highlighting and celebrating Irene’s community impact. Our partner organizations trust us to help them tell their most important stories, and projects like this one, which we produced pro bono, are just one of the ways we work to support our partners above and beyond the standard client-vendor relationship.
Irene is an inspiration to all of us, at Anchor Films and beyond—even those who don’t know her personally. She makes us excited about our communities, and motivated to do something—anything—to make them better.
Is there a better legacy than that? We don’t think so.
Congratulations, Irene, on your award, and on a job well done.