Our Spirit of Texoma award winner says she feels blessed to have been raised in a small Texoma town and as you will see Teea Reed has been sharing her Spirit of Texoma her entire life.
Born and raised in quaint Cache Teea Reed figured out early it is important to give big.
Teea says, "Being from a small town I was always involved growing up whether it be youth group or school or student council and then in college that carried over to Relay for Life and other organizations on campus."
After graduating from OU Teea married her husband Jordan who landed a job in Wichita Falls.
She says the city made it really easy to reach out to others.
Reed: "Everything that I am invovled in I am really passionate about. I think that is very important not to just be invovled but be involved in things you care about because you are obviously going to give 110% and be a lot more of an asset to an organization."
Whether it is organizing and showing up strong for events or encouraging others to do the same, Teea does just that.
Her dedication to an organization that strives to promote voluntarism recently earned her a big achievement.
Reed: "Member of the year is a really big honor in the Junior League. There are so many women who do so much in our community, especially through the League. I had no idea. I was sitting there waiting with my camera to take a picture of the Member of the Year and then they called my name. I was definately honored."
She was honored that same night with the Regional Board Member of the Year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wichita Falls.
Through the Dancing with the Stars fundraiser she helped the nonprofit dance in funds and she also recently danced herself to help out the Children's Miracle Network.
Reed: "Alot of the organizations have to do with kids or mentoring. With the Junior League we do a lot for the community and I think it is important to not just live in a community but to give back as well."
In 2012 Teea was part of a group of nine who launched the Young Professionals of Wichita Falls, a nonprofit that aims to encourage younger folks to buy in to the city.
Reed: "Alot of young professionals have skills that you know are huge assets to organizations. Alot of young professionals will graduate from MSU, but leave to go to a bigger city and Wichita Falls has everything you need to be a successful professional."
She will also soon stay busy keeping the city moving forward through her work with the Downtown Proud Board.
Reed: "The organizations are wonderful and they do so much for our community. It is exciting it gives me energy to be able to participate and help wherever I can."
That helping Spirit earned Teea recognition as one of this year's 20 Under 40.
Reed: "We love Wichita Falls, we feel so blessed to live in a community that has embraced us with open arms. We have been able to get plugged in and get involved with several things we are passionate about."
Teea was also recently honored as the YMCA Volunteer Superstar.
In her first year of working the Youth Fundraising Campaign she raised over $3600 and also motivated a large team from Union Square Federal Credit Union, where she works, to raise money as well.
Owens and Brumley Funeral Homes congratulate Teea Reed.
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