Carey Seyler’s talents take him from creeks to conference rooms, from working behind the scenes fundraising to being on the stage in the spotlight. At 21 years of age and not yet a graduate of the University of Texas San Antonio, he’s already helped to form a nonprofit in support of breast cancer awareness, coordinated one of the largest events The Rose produces each year, and has now been recognized as a 2012 ExxonMobil Community Champion.
The recent award came about as the result of Seyler’s participation last year in the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program. Seyler served as an intern in Special Events at The Rose, a nonprofit breast cancer organization, and assisted with the annual Shrimp Boil, helping raise more than $111,000. Returning to The Rose again this summer, he’s led the team which hosted the 23rd Annual Shrimp Boil July 14th at the Pasadena Convention Center.
ExxonMobil Community Champion awards are given to a select number of college graduates who served with non-profit agencies as ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program interns and are now working for non-profit organizations. Seyler received his award as the Community Summer Jobs Program kicked off at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The ExxonMobil Foundation is funding 60 jobs for college students at Houston-area nonprofit organizations this summer.
Rich Kruger, President, ExxonMobil Production Company, notes, “As the highest honor for service to the Houston community with exceptional accomplishments through the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, Mr. Seyler exemplifies the integrity, selflessness, leadership, and dedication which help non-profit organizations build a stronger community for us all.”
Seyler’s heart for nonprofit service began early. At 16, he encouraged his fellow skimboarders to make their extreme sport competition and exhibition a fundraiser for The Rose. Eventually, they formed Skim2Live and have now raised more than $20,000 for the breast cancer organization that provides screening and diagnostic services for the uninsured.
“Carey is an amazing young man. I absolutely marvel at all he has accomplished in such a short time,” says Dorothy Gibbons, Co-Founder and CEO of The Rose. “He’s driven by a passion that comes from loss – his mother Debi passed away from breast cancer. Every new achievement he makes, I think of how incredibly proud Debi would be of the man he has become. I’m so grateful he’s channeled his remarkable talents to benefit the women we serve.”
Seyler was recently awarded the ExxonMobil Community Champion
Award by Rich Kruger, President, ExxonMobil Production Company