Tom Brooks
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Richardson Real Heroes has chosen four volunteers to recognize this year for their unselfish and unheralded work that improves the lives of Richardson residents. These four volunteers will be honored and fêted at 7 p.m. April 14 at the Richardson Civic Center.

The honorees and the organizations for which they volunteer:

  • Barbara Gatti, The Warren Center
  • Margie Golden, NETWORK of Community Ministries
  • Marty Korn, Richardson Volunteers in Police Service
  • Carol Levy, Eisemann Center 

The four were chosen from a group of nominations made by citizens and nonprofit organizations of all types serving the community. All of the nominees were worthy, but the Real Heroes committee chose this group for their extraordinary and longstanding contributions, with little public recognition, said Bill Zeigler, chair of the Real Heroes committee.

Friends and coworkers of the Real Heroes are encouraged to leave personal comments and anecdotes about the Real Heroes here. Selections from the comments will be used for a keepsake memory book compiled for each Real Hero.

The 2016 Richardson Real Heroes

Barbara “Barb” Gatti - Barb has left her volunteer fingerprints all over Richardson, but was nominated by The Warren Center specifically for her work there.

Among her activities at The Warren Center, she hosts the Taste of Eastside fund raiser every year and is a major helper with auction items, tickets and other operations for
 Fantasy Football, The Warren Center’s major fund raiser. She also recruits companies and individuals to collect toys for the Center’s Toy Drive. This year, Barb chaired a new fundraiser, High Tea at the Chocolate Angel, which brought new donors and friends to The Warren Center.

Warren Center staff say they are constantly receiving phone calls and emails from new friends and donors that say, “Barb suggested I contact The Warren Center.”Barbara Gatti Photo

The Warren Center’s mission is to assure that children with developmental differences or disabilities, and their families, receive the resources and support they need to reach their full potential.

Barb also serves on the boards of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and Animal Luv and volunteers with numerous Richardson nonprofits including Berkner Park, NETWORK of Community Ministries, Metrocrest Food Bank, Carter BloodCare, the Eisemann Center, Richardson Boys & Girls Club and the Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation.


Margie Golden - Margie Golden started her volunteer career at NETWORK of Community Ministries in 1985 when NETWORK first opened its doors.

She has spent more than 500 hours each year working in the various departments, ranging from the food room to interviewing clients.

She is a founding member and President of Women in NETWORK (WIN), an auxiliary of NETWORK. WIN raises funds to support several NETWORK programs including Toyland Express, Backpacks for Richardson and Richardson ISD children, Big Meals for Little Kids and dental supplies for city and Richardson ISD children. She was the creator and power behind WIN's "High Tea for Tots," a successful fund raiser for WIN’s programs.

Those efforts in WIN add more than 350 additional hours each year as a volunteer, giving Margie more than 850 hours annually devoted to NETWORK. Margie also has made generous financial donations to NETWORK, particularly when shortfalls appeared in programs supported by WIN.

Margie enjoys working with people of all ages and will go the extra mile to make sure their needs are met. While performing the essential but delicate task of interviewing NETWORK clients, she has displayed that caring heart while at the same time setting boundaries where appropriate.


Martin “Marty” Korn - Through Richardson Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Marty has contributed 7,462 hours in the past 11 years. 2015 was his fifth consecutive year to exceed 1,000 hours.

As a uniformed VIPS Field Operations Volunteer, Marty supports first responders with traffic control at accident scenes and citywide events, such as parades, the Cottonwood Art and Wildflower festivals, and by performing house watches for residents. During the past Thanksgiving holiday, Marty did 28 house checks in one day alone to ensure the security of homes with traveling families.

He also assumes other time-consuming tasks that allow better use of paid law enforcement personnel time. As an example, Marty and a volunteer partner used license plate technology to locate a wanted person for DFW Airport police, leading to an arrest, and to locate a person reported missing so that the Richardson Police Department could confirm her safety.

As a Volunteer instructor, Marty oversees certifications and maintains more than 200 pages of procedures for the Richardson PD, updating them as necessary. He has used his law background to research insurance liability for volunteers.

Dedicated to education, Marty has chaired the Scholarship Committee for the Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, which awarded $6,000 in scholarships in 2015. 

In addition to his Police Department hours, Marty also volunteers more than 100 hours annually with First Richardson Helpers through First United Methodist Church, a resource for seniors with basic home maintenance needs.

Carol Levy - Carol migrated to Texas via Mississippi and Louisiana. As a graduate of Mississippi State University with degrees in math and computer science, she took her skills to work at Electrospace, E-Systems and Raytheon. 

Carol began her volunteer service with the Eisemann Center 13 ½ years ago, before the facility was finished. She helped the administrative department as one of theCarol Levy Image volunteer receptionists during construction, a period staff members lovingly call their “trailer days” before the Center’s opening. The Eisemann Center staff estimates Carol has almost 7,000 volunteer hours split between administrative work and ushering at events.

The Eisemann Center has used her administrative and computer skills with several special assignments and projects. For a few years, she assisted House Management in training new ushers joining the Eisemann Center’s volunteer program. For the past three years she has used her computer skills to enhance the flow of client data, designing a program to provide trend analyses to management. She was one of the inaugural participants in the “Friends of the Eisemann Center,” a donor program.

Carol assisted a local scout in earning his Eagle through a project at the Eisemann Center. Together, the pair renovated, reorganized and updated the Eisemann Center’s Archive Room, a space that had been neglected over the years.

Carol has also volunteered during the past 12 years with the Richardson Police Department’s Neighborhood Crime Watch Patrol and The Dallas Opera, transporting guest artists to and from DFW airport and assisting them if needed while they are in town.

Richardson Real Heroes was founded by and is funded by The Richardson Coalition, a political action committee, with the motto of “Honoring Silent Generosity.”

More facts about the Richardson Real Heroes Program and award recipients can be found at


For more information on this story, contact Tom Brooks, publicity chair of Richardson Real Heroes, at or phone 214-415-2551


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