Anne Lanier, Helping Those with Eating Disorders and Mental Health Issues
Anne Lanier suffered a terrible loss that every parent fears. Her middle daughter, Becky, died in 2004 at the age of 29. She continues to find joy through her other two daughters – Callie and Dede – and their six children.
Anne honors Becky’s memory through the Rebecca Streetman Fund at Indian River Community Foundation. She established this field of interest fund to support programs that focus on helping those with eating disorders or other mental health issues.
“I am interested in not only treatment programs but also prevention strategies to teach young girls about healthy lifestyles, positive body images and self respect,” said Anne. “Girls on the Run is a new organization I am supporting. They needed funding to provide scholarships so any girl can participate in the after-school program regardless of their ability to pay.”Philanthropy has always been a part of Anne’s life. She grew up in Huntsville, Alabama – as evidenced by her southern accent – and moved to Vero Beach in 1971. Anne and her brother support several nonprofits through their family’s foundation. Becky was a Humane Society of Indian River County advisory board member so those programs are especially important to Anne.
“The Community Foundation staff helps me be strategic and focused with my local giving. They also work with the nonprofits to provide me with reports on the outcomes achieved,” said Anne. “I am very satisfied with the personalized services they offer to ensure my charitable giving goals are met.”