Congratulations to Catherine Willis
, Community Volunteer - She
has been selected as our 2002 Champion of Children Award Winner!
February 4, 2002at the Hyatt Regency BallroomCatherine Willis, a founder of Friends of Art for Community Enrichment (FACE), child advocate and mentor was honored at the 2002 Award Event.
A former Columbus Public Schools
focus on education led her
to become an active volunteer, supporter and board member of the "I KNOW I CAN
" program to guarantee every Columbus Public School student an opportunity to attend college.She
initiated the "Chess in the 'Hood" program at the Martin Luther King Jr. branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library
and has been asked to expand the program to several other community library sites.As a long-time trustee of the Columbus Youth Foundation, Mrs. Willis worked with other board members to seek out innovative after-school and summer camp educational and artistic programming for young people from urban areas.
has also been a passionate champion of Piney Woods Country Life School
has enabled many local students to attend this remarkable school founded in 1909 to offer African-American students a "head, heart and hands" education.