Bunny Webb

May 2015

Bunny Webb was only 8-years-old when a dress changed the course of her life.

Recalling the memory many years later, the Port St. Lucie resident whose storied career has involved Fortune 500 companies and public relations consulting, still remembers the color of the dress. Purple.

A gift from her beloved grandmother that she hadn't even had a chance to wear yet, the dress was hanging in the closet like a promise, until Bunny's grandmother told her there had been a fire, a classmate's house had been destroyed, leaving the family with nothing.

She asked Bunny to give up some of her clothes. "I didn't want to give up that dress," Bunny remembers, "but my grandma reminded me that this little girl, who was already very poor, had nothing."

A few days later when the classmate returned to school, she was wearing that purple dress. Though the little girl had been one of those students who no one ever noticed before, shrinking away from the rest of the class no doubt because of her poverty and always tattered clothes, that day she was someone different.

"She walked in to school with her head held high. She had gone from a poor little girl that no one noticed to feeling like a princess. That purple dress changed her life, and it changed mine, too," says Bunny.
From that day on, Bunny saw the world differently and her awareness of others' needs helped make her the caring, generous soul that she is today.

At the beginning of May 2015, when Bunny Webb became the second of a dozen women to wear a lovely diamond necklace and represent HANDS of St. Lucie County, she wasted no time in introducing the exquisite piece of jewelry to 30 community leaders at an exclusive dinner hosted at the A.E. Backus House in Fort Pierce.

In one evening, Bunny and her husband, Horace, raised over $3,000 and helped educate members of the community on the importance of this small, but mighty clinic, which provides free medical, dental, vision, and mental health care to approximately 65,000 uninsured residents of St. Lucie County.

"We have been blessed with a good life," she says matter-of-factly. "It's important for us to share. Once your own needs and most of your wants are taken care of, why not help make that happen for others?" she queries.

Bunny serves on the Martin Health Foundation Board, and has been involved with local organizations including Mustard Seed Ministries and Pace Center for Girls, among others.

The purpose of Jewelia, a $12,500 diamond necklace donated to the Clinic by Greg Childress of G. Alan Fine Jewelry, is to start conversations that educate people and raise funds for residents who can't afford medical treatment.

Bunny shares her life philosophy: At the end, bones are bones. What matters is how you love and how you give.