by By Kaylee Hultgren | November 01, 2009

 1109 Lucianne Agate 

  "It is a selfless act when you open your home and your heart to a child..."


Lucianne Agate, CMP,
is director of conference services and catering at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura, Fla. Two or three times per year, she performs missionary work at an orphanage in Managua, Nicaragua. Agate recently spoke with M&C about the value of community service and how it complements her job.

Where does your missionary work stand in relation to your career?
One of the greatest satisfactions is making things happen from concept to completion. Whether starting and sustaining a learning center for women living in a garbage dump community, teaching them how to cook or sew and learn income-generating trades, or helping clients realize their meeting goals and objectives, you are turning visions into reality. One fuels the other.

What event have you planned that was especially fulfilling? During a familiarization trip for a group of 250 clients and industry professionals, we showcased the resort while giving back to our community. Participants donned aprons and chef hats and worked alongside our chefs to prepare 250 meals for a local homeless shelter. They were absolutely invigorated by the rewarding experience.

Who inspires you? My cousins, who adopted two children with special needs from Nicaragua. It is a selfless act when you open your home and your heart to a child who otherwise would not have much hope.

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