During the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford Quarterly Luncheon, the organization presented its Citizen of the Year Award to Milford resident Sara Pletcher. Nominated and chosen by her peers at the Chamber, Pletcher was recognized for her work as a leader in the local business community.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized for my volunteer service to the City of Milford,” said Pletcher. “I have a passion for this City and I’m constantly striving and encouraging others to make Milford the best place to live, work, and play. For others to recognize that passion and nominate me for Citizen of the Year is very humbling.”
A graduate of Milford High School, Pletcher graduated from Immaculata University in Chester County, PA in 2008 and is a 2016 graduate from Wilmington University, earning her master’s degree in Marketing Management. Pletcher was the Promotional Marketing and Communications Manager at GROWMARK FS, LLC, arranging corporate travel and meetings as well as the marketing, advertising, and brand awareness development for the company. In March 2017, she challenged herself by leaving the comforts of corporate America to accept her dream job of planning beer, wine and food conferences. Pletcher is now the Conference Operations Manager at Zephyr Conferences.
“The flexibility of working from home has several perks, one of which is the ability to give back to my community through my Downtown Milford, Inc. presidency,” said Pletcher. “So while it was a daunting leap of faith, I’m proud I took it and accepted the challenge.”
Volunteerism is a cornerstone of Plethcher’s life. She has volunteered in various capacities her entire life, dating back to Key Club at Milford High School. Volunteering for Katrina Relief in New Orleans and her term of service with AmeriCorps at Sussex County Habitat for Humanity taught her that “those who have very little are kind, compassionate, and so grateful when others come to their aid,” she said.
“It inspired me to keep giving back and I can’t think of a better way to do that – to give back to the community where I live,” said Pletcher.
Currently the President of Downtown Milford, Inc., a non-profit aimed at economic development, beautification, and promotion of Downtown Milford, Pletcher is also a member of the City of Milford Planning & Zoning Commission. She also designs MilfordLIVE.com’s Weekly Review for the digital paper and website.
In 2017, Pletcher was awarded Delaware Business Times’ 40 Under 40 award for Delaware Achievers and Innovators. Her advice to young professionals is do what you love and give back.
“Find something you absolutely love to do, both in a paying gig and a volunteer gig, and it will never feel like work. I think I’ve found the key to a well-lived life,” said Pletcher. “Give back. To your community, your church, your favorite non-profit – wherever you’re most comfortable and happy. If you can’t afford to, give your time. It pays dividends you will never be able to afford.”
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