Community Foundation of Howard County presents two awards

Pictured left to right: Bita Dayhoff, executive director of the Community Action Council ofHoward County; Robert Willis, son of Casey and Pebble Willis; Beverly White-Seals, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County; Bruce Harvey, chair of the Community Foundation board
Pictured left to right: Bita Dayhoff, executive director of the Community Action Council ofHoward County; Robert Willis, son of Casey and Pebble Willis; Beverly White-Seals, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County; Bruce Harvey, chair of the Community Foundation board

The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, presented its 2016 Casey and Pebble Willis Making a Difference Award to the Community Action Council of Howard County and its 2016 Leadership Council Award to Laura Yoo with the Howard County Poetry & Literature Society.

The Community Action Council of Howard County received the Making a Difference Award for operating the Howard County Food Bank, a 2,900-square-foot facility on Route 108 in Columbia. The Howard County Food Bank received, sorted, stored and distributed food and cleaning supplies to those affected by the Ellicott City flood.

The Casey and Pebble Willis Making a Difference Award, established in 2000, memorializes Carolyn “Casey” Willis, a community activist who lived in Howard County for 26 years, and her husband Dr. Eugene “Pebble” Willis, an orthopedic surgeon. The Community Action Council received a $3,000 grant with the award.

Laura Yoo, associate professor of English and former associate dean at Howard Community College, received the Leadership Council Award for her work with the Howard County Poetry & Literature Society. Yoo has served on the society’s board of directors since 2007, helping with communication and marketing, leading outreach efforts and streamlining organizational efficiency.

The Leadership Council Award recognizes a 25- to 45-year-old volunteer who serves as a member of a nonprofit board in Howard County. In recognition of Yoo’s work, the Community Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to the Howard County Poetry & Literature Society.

The Community Foundation of Howard County presented both awards at its annual dinner, A Celebration of Philanthropy, on Thursday, Nov. 10, in Ellicott City.

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