Project Lifesaver’s Founder & CEO, Chief Gene Saunders Receives the 2019 Non–Profit Leader of the Year Award

(Port Saint Lucie, Florida – May 24, 2019) On Thursday, May 23rd, 211Helpline of Palm Beach and The Treasure Coast honored Project Lifesaver’s Founder & CEO, Chief Gene Saunders, presenting him with the 2019 Non–Profit Leader of the Year Award.  

This prestigious award was presented to Chief Saunders at the 211Helpline “Jewels of the Treasure Coast Non–Profits Awards” luncheon.  “211 is pleased that Project Lifesaver has been recognized by our community for its leadership. We wish you continued success in your life-saving mission- helping to keep our most vulnerable loved ones safe from harm,” said Sharon L’Herrou, President & CEO of 211Helpline.

This distinguished award is given to a non-profit leader from an organization that is physically located in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, or St. Lucie County and who has a proven track record of exceptional leadership and accomplishments and whose achievements have resulted in significant progress toward improving a community issue.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award, being recognized by my peers in the non-profit community. It is an even greater honor given the other finalists, all of whom have made and continue to make, such important contributions to our communities,” exclaimed Chief Saunders.


About Project Lifesaver International

Project Lifesaver is a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides emergency responders and caregivers with the equipment and training required to protect and, when necessary, quickly locate individuals with cognitive conditions that cause the propensity to wander, such as those with Alzheimer’s or autism. Through the use of state of the art radio frequency technology, innovative search and rescue techniques, and accredited first response training, Project Lifesaver member agencies have, to date, successfully located in excess of 3,500 special needs individuals during an episode of elopement; the average recovery times for these rescues are less than 30 minutes, which is 95% less time than standard operations.

Started 20 years ago, Project Lifesaver is not just the first, but the most widely used and effective program in the nation that is specifically designed to protect the “at risk” populations in our communities. Project Lifesaver has trained thousands of public safety agencies, not only in search, rescue and the use of our electronic locating equipment but also in the methods necessary to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease, Autism or a related cognitive disorder. For more information about Project Lifesaver, please visit

About 211 HelpLine:
211 HelpLine is a non-profit organization, servicing Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. 211 is a confidential, non-judgmental helpline available 24/7 to individuals who don’t know where to turn in their time of need. 211 is essentially the “gateway” to all other health, human service and governmental organizations in the community and can be accessed by simply dialing 2-1-1.