Sheehans win Living Legacy Award

Thomas and Sondra Sheehan were recently named the recipients of Legacy Fund’s 2013 Living Legacy Award. (Submitted photo)

Thomas and Sondra Sheehan were recently named the recipients of Legacy Fund’s 2013 Living Legacy Award. (Submitted photo)

Thomas (Tom) P. Sheehan and wife, Sondra (Soni), have been named the fifth recipients of Legacy Fund’s 2013 Living Legacy Award. The annual award recognizes individuals and families that have made a major impact on the quality of life in Hamilton County.

The Sheehans share their time and financial support with a variety of organizations and individuals and are philanthropically involved with St. Vincent de Paul in Noblesville, the Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, the Sparrow Club, the Noblesville Boys and Girls Club, Riverview Hospital and many others.

Through the Thomas P. and Sondra D. Sheehan Charitable Foundation, the couple focuses on improving the lives of children facing debilitating medical challenges. They provide financial support for medical treatments, prostheses, mobility devices, caregivers, education and more that children living with physical deformities and medical issues need to overcome obstacles.

“Individually and collectively, the Sheehans truly represent what it means to give back to our community,” stated Legacy Fund President Terry Anker. “They are tireless in their efforts to make Hamilton County its best, and have been integral to community investments made by Legacy Fund for decades.”

Born in Chicago into humble circumstances, Sheehan’s early career focused on selling encyclopedias door-to-door. Offering consumers credit for purchases led to the birth of Carmel Financial, a company with approximately 60 employees.

Tracey Sheehan carries on her family’s community commitment through corporate philanthropy. She is president of Carmel Financial Corporation, which contributes annually to Good Samaritan Network’s food drive. Last year the company’s employees gave 104,000 non-perishable food items to help.

The Sheehans will be honored during Legacy Fund’s Celebration of Philanthropy on Nov. 14 at The Ritz Charles in Carmel. Tickets are $90 and may be purchased by calling 843-2479 or by e-mailing events@cicf.org.