As we launch our annual campaign against breast cancer, this October the cause is more impassioned and personal than in years’ past. In July, we lost a member of the City Furniture family when Doreen Koenig, loving wife to President and CEO Keith Koenig, ended her long and courageous battle with breast cancer.
A lifelong philanthropist, Doreen was best known for making her mark on Broward County as the driving force behind diverse community causes. Alongside her husband Keith, her efforts included annual golf and fishing tournaments to raise money for the Covenant House Florida, an annual fundraiser for the Broward Unit of the American Cancer Society, and tours of her home to benefit the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida.
She was also very instrumental in raising money for the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, contributing her own money and rallying other to do the same. “Doreen has always set an example for community service,” says Kim Cavendish, the museum’s President and CEO.
Among her best-known projects was leading the campaign to raise $15 million to create the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross Hospital. Doreen created the “The Girlfriend’s Club,” a group of 200 women who committed to donate $5,000 each to the cause. After the center opened in 2010, she continued to raise money for it; efforts that created a program to offer free medical and breast cancer screenings in medically underserved neighborhoods.
The hospital was an important part of Doreen’s life, as it was where her children were born, and where she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, after working so hard to save others from the disease. And even after her diagnosis, Doreen continued to support those around her, embarking on a $4 million campaign to fund a new maternity unit at the hospital. Ultimately becoming her lasting memorial, friends are currently banding together to name the unit The Doreen Koenig Blessed Beginnings Maternity Unit.
And while Doreen will forever be missed, we take comfort in knowing that she is in God’s care now, and also in Keith’s brave words, “In her journey home, she brings armfuls upon armfuls of good deeds. She is bringing a complete trust and faith in God. She is bringing a life well lived that is an example for us all.”
A life brave in spirit, strong in love, we ask that everyone join our fight against breast cancer. Team City Cares will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Fort Lauderdale on October 31, and you can sign up or donate here. Also, come back soon to learn more about how we are going pink throughout the month of October.