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Activist collects Tapestry honor


Community activist Patsy Dumas was named recipient of the 2014 Dedication Award on Monday as part of IPFW’s upcoming Tapestry: A Day for You at Memorial Coliseum.

A registered nurse, Dumas has worked on mental and dental health, but she has been involved in many volunteer projects.

She has been involved with Saints Alive! for Bishop Dwenger High School for more than 30 years and other school functions.

Dumas joined the board of the Carriage House in 2002 and has been president since 2003. She helped develop the first Dancing with the Fort Wayne Stars. More than $1 million has been raised from the fundraiser for the Carriage House.

“Patsy exemplifies the image of a female role model who has shown positive attributes in all aspects of her life,” said Linda Ruffolo, IPFW executive director of development, said in a statement. “She has dedicated her life to helping others and her contributions to the Fort Wayne community are beyond measure.”

Tapestry, an annual fundraiser set for April 25, is designed to give women a day to take time off, learn something new and raise money for scholarships.

Actress Marilu Henner will be keynote speaker for the event. Henner is a five-time Golden Globe nominee and starred in the sitcom “Taxi.” She is a best-selling author, a comedian, a women’s health activist, wife and mother.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Friday at the Tapestry website,

Registration is required by April 4 with late registration accepted between April 5 and 11 for an additional $10. Options for registration include: Individual with open seating, $65; reserved table of 10, $700; corporate table of 10, $1,000.