Steve and Marta Fitzpatrick are chairing a new event for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Riders For The Cure, on Sunday, May 1, 2011. Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to meet at Broadway Square Mall, at the northeast corner of the parking lot at 2:00 p.m. for a group excursion around Tyler. Riders are encouraged to wear pink in support of the mission of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which is to promote positive awareness, education, and early detection of breast cancer.
Mr. and Mrs. Fitzpatrick are longtime volunteers in the Tyler community. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a member of the City of Tyler Board of Adjustments. He serves as president of the Smith County Chapter of the American Red Cross and is on the board for the Parent Services Center, Inc. Mr. Fitzpatrick is also past president of the Robert E. Lee Booster Club and has served with Tyler Community Homes and the Texas Rose Festival.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. She has been a member of the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler, the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) International, the Association of Texas Professional Educators, and the Parent Teacher Association. Mrs. Fitzpatrick has served on committees for the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball, the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Gala, and the Texas Rose Festival.
“Steve and I believe that volunteerism is something we should all do without question,” Mrs. Fitzpatrick said. “My mother and father volunteered as far back as I can remember, and because of their example, it has always been a natural thing to do. We have raised our three girls to understand how important it is to give back to your community and to help whenever you can. Our girls are active community volunteers too, and it seems like we are always helping out with the committees they are working on.”
Mr. Fitzpatrick was born in Baytown, Texas, and Mrs. Fitzpatrick in Hamilton, Ohio. They have resided in Tyler for 29 years. They are the parents of three adult children, Kelli Armstrong, Jayme Fitzpatrick, and Maggie Wright. Mr. Fitzpatrick earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and received his master’s degree from Rice University. Mrs. Fitzpatrick earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Tyler.
This community-minded couple focuses much of their volunteer effort on teaching their Young Couples Sunday school class at Green Acres Baptist Church, where Mr. Fitzpatrick also serves the church as a deacon.
“Tyler is a very philanthropic community, making it is easy to want to give back. Because of this spirit, Steve and I decided to raise our children here. I love to see the expression on people’s faces when you show them kindness and expect nothing in return. You just do it because it is right,” Mrs. Fitzpatrick said.