Eileen Collier Geraghty was drawn to Athleta because of its mission to empower women and girls. She spearheads the charitable outreach efforts within the local community, most notably the Benefit Fashion Shows. Held twice annually, the events showcase women’s performance apparel while providing a platform for community organizations to share their message as well as raise funds. Due to her efforts, Durga Tree International received the Be What’s Possible grant from the Gap Foundation in 2015 and 2016.
Eileen was a world-ranked All-American athlete who attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full scholarship. She was a four-time NCAA competitor in swimming and named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. During her time at Carolina, she was deeply moved by the famine in Ethiopia and channeled her energies into fundraising. For her work, she received the Jim Tatum Award as the outstanding scholar- athlete committed to community service.
Her passion led her straight to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF where she coordinated the Campus Ambassador Program. Eileen believes no child should die from preventable causes so recruited students nationwide to form campus clubs spreading awareness and raising funds for the world’s children.
Eileen left UNICEF to raise four vibrant children yet remained committed to service and fundraising. Since 1995, she has served meals at a soup kitchen with the Missionaries of Charity and led volunteer efforts to refurbish their five-story facility in Harlem. As a former director with the Pampered Chef, Eileen was instrumental in revamping the company’s Help Whip Cancer campaign, which ultimately generated nearly one million dollars annually for the American Cancer Society. As a member of her church’s core team for the New Orleans ministry, she led recruitment and fundraising efforts to assist those left homeless following Hurricane Katrina and traveled six times for reconstruction there. After Superstorm Sandy, efforts were redirected to rebuild efforts closer to home.
Eileen will return to Guatemala this year as part of the service immersion team at La Alianza. She believes it is a privilege to work in service for others and lives by the words of Saint Teresa of Calcutta: “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”