The Backbone of The Foundation
Backbone of The Seena Magowitz Foundation
ASK ANYONE AFFILIATED WITH THE SEENA MAGOWITZ FOUNDATION
HOW THEY MANAGE TO KEEP MULTIPLE BALLS IN THE AIR AT ANY
GIVEN TIME AND CHANCES ARE THEY’LL GIVE CREDIT TO “LIZ” McBETH
Liz manages all administrative, event planning, accounting and related efforts on behalf of the foundation. In most organizations the management functions of those responsibilities would be referred to as “COO” and CFO”, But at SMF, official titles are not that important. It is the “collective of leadership” that provides the synergy of the foundation.
Liz is most recognized for the countless hours she spends planning and directing its major annual fundraising event, the “Conference of Hope and Inspiration” each year.
She and her husband, Vince, have also become ardent advocates for the cause. So much so, in fact, that Liz devotes countless hours to the foundation and its fight against pancreatic cancer.
An integral part of the foundation since day one, Liz knew Founder and CEO Roger Magowitz from their days working together in the bedding industry. Over time, she became a close friend of Roger, his wife, Jeanne, and his mother, Seena, the foundation’s namesake. After playing basketball for the University of Washington and professionally in Sweden, Liz moved to San Diego and started her career as an accountant, tying the knot with “The Commander” Vincent McBeth. They moved to Virginia Beach and she joined Roger’s company, Mattress Discounters.
“Liz really is the backbone of everything we do here at the Seena Magowitz Foundation,” Roger said. “She’s been here since day one, and without her unwavering dedication, tenacity and drive, we’d never be where we are today.”
And while coordinating events, handling accounting efforts and otherwise keeping all trains running on track are among Liz’s many contributions to the foundation, she also works with other advocates, patients and Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, who she considers one of the most groundbreaking oncologists and researchers of our time. She has also made advocacy a true family affair, having 8-year-old daughter Madison accompany her to every Seena Magowitz Foundation event since birth.
Liz McBeth and all SMF Leadership Staff are “Unpaid Volunteers” who donate their time to the fight against pancreatic cancer.
Few Non-Profit Charities Can Make That Claim.