A local radio talent uses her voice to do good for the community
Fort Wayne, Indiana (June 2, 2008) — “The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer has become my purpose,” says Barb Richards, known to Northeast Indiana residents as the voice of Majic 95.1’s (WAJI) lunch hour.
Between music sets ranging from rockers like Nickelback and Daughtry to country crooners like Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw, you can bet Richards is going to mention a charity she loves at least once. Whether it’s the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Go Red for Women, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo or the local Women’s Bureau, Richards uses her powerful voice and local celebrity status as Program Director for the popular radio station to do good for the community.
It is her good works that define her. Richards has volunteered for the Foundation every year since its formation. “The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer is a part of me. I’m vested,” she says with a characteristic wide smile. “You’re stuck with me.”
Last year Richards even took up a new sport so she could participate in The Vera Bradley Classic Golf and Tennis Tournament. “I started taking golf lessons and for the first time last year, I played in the 18-hole division of the Classic,” says Richards. “It was so exhilarating!” Talk about dedication!
“I’ve made lifelong friends with survivors, other volunteers and participants,” says Richards. “I’m already counting down the days until the next Vera Bradley Classic; I can’t wait to see all the friends I’ve made over the years.”
Editor’s Note: Barb, we can’t wait to see you in your pink outfit on the golf course…and to hear your energizing voice reaching out over the airwaves to draw new friends into the circle that supports the Foundation. Rock on!