Legendary Legion Lady

MARY SENDRA ANSELMO

Past President & Ball Chair

HER IMPACT

Mary has been a strong force in Legion for many, many years. She is enthusiastic, willing, hard-working, extremely active in the community and her networking skills are incredible! If you ever need something or a connection for anything, Mary can be relied on to have a contact or get the job done. She has served as both President 3 times and Ball Chair 3 times (a record yet to be tied!), as well as been on numerous committees. When I think of Legion, the first person that comes to mind is Mary. She truly is Legion. A strong supporter of youth and young women, Mary has been encouraging since I became a member of the organization as a teenager. Her influence has led me to mentor our debutantes to be strong women, find a solution for any problem and stay poised under pressure. On top of all that, I learned that club soda really can work miracles! Thank you, Mary!

- Cherilyn Smoron Denisiuk

"Aliquam congue lacinia turpis proin sit nulla mattis semper."

— JEREMY LARSON
ACME Inc.
Mary-Anselmo

Why She was nominated

KIND WORDS

Mary has been my hero since February 13, 1988, the night of my debut. I was a bundle of nerves and so worried about my upcoming bow. After dinner, I got up from the table, my mom trailing after me with a look of utter horror on her face. She escorted me to the bathroom, with Ball Chair Mary running closely behind. All I could hear was Mary telling me not to cry, promising that she would take care of it. What?!?! What was going on?!?! Unbeknownst to me, a waiter spilled gravy from the filet mignon down the back of my pristine white ball gown! Oh no! Always poised under pressure, Mary tracked down club soda from the bar and doused my dress, quickly removing the offending brown stain. My fairy godmother Mary, waved her magic wand, and an abundance of Legion ladies appeared out of nowhere. I felt like Cinderella as they fussed over me, drying my dress with paper towels in the bathroom, fixing my makeup and telling me I looked beautiful. Without a minute to spare, I lined up with the rest of my fellow debutantes, minus a huge stain, albeit in a slightly damp dress. As Mary promised, she and the wonderful Legion ladies saved the day and made my debut the enchanting night I would remember forever!

- Cherilyn Smoron Denisiuk

"Aliquam congue lacinia turpis proin sit nulla mattis semper."

— JEREMY LARSON
ACME Inc.