Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Volunteer Earns Prestigious Community Service Award
— Innovative thinking and philanthropic giving can lead one person to great things.
Sacramento Allstate agency owner Zachary Wandell, a Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Child Life Program volunteer, Sutter Medical Center Foundation board member and Sutter Children’s Advisory Board Member, was awarded with the 2018 Allstate Ray Lynch Community Service Award. The recognition is a top national honor commending one agency owner across the country for giving back and supporting people and organizations in their local communities.
“I want to thank the children and their families for this award,” said Zack during the presentation. “I am a stranger walking into a hospital room saying ‘Hi. I’m Zack. I have fun stuff for you.’ And that is uncomfortable because I am a tall male in a female-dominated environment. Some kids cry because they think I’m a doctor, but it’s just fun stuff; and along the way, they share their journey with me and their milestones.”
Allstate highlighted Zack’s great work at Sutter
Children’s Center in a video
which was shown at the company’s recent leadership conference, while he was surrounded
by top-performing peers.
Zack is the founder of Donut Dash 501c3, a nonprofit organization which organizes several Sacramento events that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations brought into Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. Those donations have helped Sutter Children’s Center’s Child Life team expand and add programs which benefit patients and families.
“Zack is extremely deserving of this award and we are thrilled to partner with Allstate to show the impact of the Donut Dash donations over the years,” said Amy Medovoy, child life coordinator, Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. “As Child Life specialists, we have access to so many tools and resources to help our patients and families, thanks to the support of those who have participated in and donated to Donut Dash.”
Patients have access to programs and services like Beads of Courage, virtual reality goggles, 24/7 movie channels (channels 20 and 21), music therapy and Sophie’s Place, iPads and more. The impact of these services for children and families is remarkable.
The Donut Dash, which completed its 10th running in March, has grown tremendously since the first run in 2009. Donut Dashers have raised more than $500,000 for Sutter Children’s Center’s Child Life Program. This year, more than 2,500 participants helped raise more than $75,000 for the program. Zack also organizes the Duck Dash and Scoop Scoot which raise money for the children’s center.