Voice of the Conservative Vote: Ann Romney
by TexasGOPVote on September 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Ann Romney places primary importance on her role as a wife, a mother and a grandmother. And as First Lady of MA, she continued her work on behalf of disadvantaged women and children in her community and abroad.
In 1998, Mrs. Romney was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She has volunteered much of her time to raise awareness of the disease as a Board Member of the New England Chapter of the MS Society, and has been awarded the Society's Inspiration Award. By raising the profile of MS, as well as raising funds for advocacy and research, she is determined to make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from the disease.
Mrs. Romney is a strong believer that faith-based and community organizations can reach some members of our community better than government can. As such, Mrs. Romney served as the Gov's Liaison to the White House Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives. As a dynamic community leader, she has been a long-serving supporter and leader in the United Way of MA Bay. One of her priorities within the United Way has been as initiator, co-chair and now member of the Faith & Action Comte, a coalition that provides funding to urban church programs designed to serve at-risk youth. She has also served on the Board at the United Way, as well as on their Exec Comte and Community Impact Comte.
Mrs. Romney is dedicated to improving the welfare of children, locally and internationally. She helped develop Right To Play, formerly Olympic Aid, an international nonprofit organization that uses sport and play as a developmental tool for children in the most disadvantaged areas of the world, and is still an active supporter of its tremendous work worldwide. She lends her time and leadership to equine therapy programs for physically challenged children, literacy programs for children including the annual Scholastic Reading event, as well as organizations such as Partners for Youth with Disabilities, the American Red Cross, the Boston Ten Point Coalition, and the Perkins School for the Blind. As First Lady, she also served as a board member of the MA Children's Trust Fund. In recognition for her efforts, Mrs. Romney was the recipient of the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from Operation Kids.
Previously, Mrs. Romney was a director of Best Friends, an organization that addresses the special needs of adolescent, inner-city girls by providing educational and community service opportunities. She also worked as a volunteer instructor at the Mother Caroline Academy, a multicultural middle school serving young girls from inner city Boston. She also formerly served on the Women's Cancer Advisory Board of MA General Hospital.
Mrs. Romney attended high school in Bloomfield Hills, MI at the Kingswood School, the sister school to the high school that Gov. Romney attended. She graduated with a BA degree with a concentration in French from Brigham Young Univ. She is a sports enthusiast and an avid equestrian, having received competitive recognition in dressage events nationwide, including winning the 2006 Gold Medal and 2005 Silver Medal at the Grand Prix level from the US Dressage Federation. As residents of Belmont, MA for over thirty years, the Romney's will be celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary this year. They have five sons, five daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren.
"Because this is America, that small company which grew has helped so many others lead better lives… That success has helped fund scholarships, pensions, and retirement funds. This is the genius of America: dreams fulfilled, help others launch new dreams." - Ann Romney