The Children’s Cabinet Awards Sandy Raffealli with Dixie May Philanthropy Award

RENO, Nev. – During the annual fundraiser, Art of Childhood to be held August 19, The Children’s Cabinet will honor Sandy Pearce Raffealli for her continued philanthropic support to the organization.


Sandy cares passionately about children, education, and the arts in our community. In addition to The Children’s Cabinet, Sandy gives her time, experience, and financial support to Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, Reno Philharmonic, Nevada Women’s Fund, Susan G. Komen, and many others.


“My family has always been givers,” Sandy says. “My mother was always volunteering and my father was always involved in the community.”


Sandy owns and manages Bill Pearce Motors and has longtime employees and loyal customers. Her family moved to Reno in 1965 when her father, Bill, accepted a general manager position with Oldsmobile. At the time, he convinced the owner to purchase a Honda franchise and it became one of the first 100 Honda dealers in the nation. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, Sandy moved to Oklahoma to work for Volunteers in Service to America as a trained social worker.


Sandy’s giving to The Children’s Cabinet started because she has always admired our founder, businessman Michael Dermody, and realized the good work the organization was doing in the community. She has now supported The Children’s Cabinet steadily and generously for more than eight years.


“We are privileged to have the continued support of Sandy Pearce Raffealli these many years,” said Kim Young, Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Cabinet. “We are thrilled to celebrate her and all she does for this community as our honoree and recipient of the Dixie May Philanthropy award during Art of Childhood 2022.”


The Children’s Cabinet created the Dixie May Philanthropy Award in 2012 to honor Dixie May and others like her who demonstrate a tremendous spirit of community giving to care for children and to ensure their health, well-being, recreation, and education.


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