LaVonne Gorsuch has built a successful career as an insurance agent and believes in sharing that success with charitable groups in the Grand Valley.
Gorsuch has been particularly passionate about helping groups that address the needs of cancer victims. Her mother died from the disease seven years ago. Gorsuch has been active in the annual Relay for Life fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. Gorsuch’s State Farm Insurance agency team raised about $5,000 to help the society try to find a cure for cancer.
“My team members and employees were very dedicated in their fund-raising efforts because our hearts were open to this worthy cause to raise money for the cure and helping those with cancer to survive and help people who are diagnosed to have hope and a path for survival,” Gorsuch said. “The Relay for Life event has helped me realize that many people do survive cancer and has given me an opportunity to celebrate life with them.”
Gorsuch said mentors Patrick Green and Kacey Conway have participated in the local Relay for Life from the beginning.
In addition to the American Cancer Society, Gorsuch supports Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado. “My father also passed away nine years ago and we were blessed with the assistance of Hospice for both of my parents when they left this world and on to a better place,” Gorsuch said.
Gorsuch also contributes to her church and other local organizations. “Think about what really matters to you in your heart and choose one or two causes,” she said. “You cannot do everything, but choose the most significant charities or causes to you and your business.”
The budget for philanthropy has been a little tighter recently, but Gorsuch said it’s important to give what she can manage. “At times you have to decline and be aware of what your budget will allow as the year progresses,” she said. “I never donate to random calls from out of town — only causes I am familiar with locally.”