Donor, Leader, and Champion: Howie Dickerman
A booming voice, gracious smile, and hearty handshake best describes Howie Dickerman, one of the Lighthouse’s most active champions. Howie joined Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind Foundation Board in 2008. Serving as Board President for the past three years, Howie recently passed the baton to Barbara Ross. At the end of his term in January, Howie said, “we have more work to do; let’s get going.”
His commitment to the Lighthouse is exemplary. Howie first became aware of the Lighthouse in the mid-1990’s when he came in as a volunteer from Microsoft. “I was offered a tour after assisting with the database which left a lasting impression. Later that same year I was invited to become a donor during the annual fall appeal and from there, the rest is history,” says Howie. Howie has consistently been one of the Foundation’s top fundraisers through his personal and professional efforts. His support includes sharing our mission with fellow Microsoft employees by bringing dozens of them in for tours, and spearheading the annual Day of Caring volunteer event each September. Howie even hosts an annual Dim Sum fundraising event every November.
When asked what some of his favorite memories have been, he recalls the groups who have come out for rides on his boat The Aluminator during DeafBlind retreats in Seabeck, WA. “That has been amazing. It’s incredible how upbeat folks can be, even though we’re making them wade through cold water to get on and off the boat.”
When it comes to his passion for the mission, Howie says, “I love the idea of providing employment and the dignity that comes with having a job for folks who might otherwise be unemployed.” Howie continues his work as a Foundation Board Member and is looking forward to helping the Foundation thrive for years to come.
The Lighthouse family would like to thank Howie Dickerman, for his seven years of service and dedication. We look forward to many more.