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2017 Recipient of the Roberta (Dixie) and William H. Rae, Jr Award – $10,000 in Professional Services

This Award is donated to a Washington based non-profit, religious, or educational organization serving the educational or social service needs of the community.

William H. Rae, Jr and Roberta (Dixie) Rae spent their entire lives as Washington residents, and were married for 40 years. In honoring them and their commitment to the communities that they worked so hard to improve, their daughter-in-law Chanin Kelly-Rae has chosen to continue their spirit of giving by gifting her services to organizations that demonstrate the same commitment to the state nearest and dearest to their hearts. Go Huskies!

William “Bill” H. Rae Jr. was an Army Air Force Veteran, Radio Operator Instructor, Professor at the University of Washington, Mentor, avid target shooter, and Volunteer. In 1967, the directorship of the University of Washington Aeronautical Laboratory (UWAL) was handed to Bill (’53, M.S. ’59) who had started as a research instructor in 1956. He continued as head of UWAL until his untimely death in 1993. Bill was co-author (with Alan Pope) of the 2nd edition of the well-known book Low Speed Wind Tunnel Testing, and was a founding member of the Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association (SATA). Roberta “Dixie” Rae met her husband Bill while they were both students at the University of Washington. After graduation, she worked for the Bell System in the Yellow Pages, and art departments. After becoming a mother, she chose to leave the workforce and proceeded to work the equivalent of both a full-time AND part-time job as a volunteer at her son’s schools, she is currently one of the longest term volunteer docents at the Woodland Park Zoo with more than 40 years of service, and until recently she was a volunteer kitchen assistant preparing meals for seniors at a local senior community center. Dixie was also an avid target shooter. Bill and Dixie loved to be of service to others whether they were helping them learn, exercise, or eat. It is in their names that these gifts are awarded to deserving organizations that serve the community.

Hopelink

About the Organization:  “We are a nonprofit organization working to end poverty in our community. Each year we help more than 64,000 people through programs that provide stability and the skills and knowledge needed to exit poverty.”
With this donation:  Hopelink will undergo Diversity and Equity trainings, an organizational assessment, and development of strategies to achieve organizational goals. Working with senior leadership, staff and stakeholders, we are proud to partner with an organization that works everyday to meet the needs of diverse populations across the community. Get more information here.

2018 Recipient of the Gus and Mary Kelly Award – $10,000 in Professional Services

This Award is donated to a Washington based non-profit, religious, or educational organization serving the educational or social service needs impacting minority communities.

Gus and Mary Kelly were a dynamic duo that were married for more than 45 years. In honoring their lives and commitment to the communities that they loved so much, their daughter Chanin Kelly-Rae has chosen to continue their spirit of giving by gifting her services to organizations that demonstrate the same commitment to communities of color that her parents cherished.

Gus Kelly was an Army Veteran, High School Teacher, College Culinary Arts Instructor, College Dean in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Master Chef & Sommelier, Mentor, Business Owner, and Community Philanthropist. He spent his entire lifetime as an avid learner and was in constant service to others. He spent more than 50 years as an educator and change agent working to improve the lives of people across the country, particularly in Wisconsin. Gus has volunteered and fed hundreds of thousands of people in order to build community. His signature event was the Holiday Family Feast that was a partnership with the Salvation Army where he fed upwards of 10,000 on Christmas Day every year in Milwaukee, WI. Mary Ann Kelly was a Registered Nurse, Business Owner, Mentor, and Philanthropist. She spent most of her career working with geriatric patients in nursing home settings, until she founded her own assisted living facilities across the state of Wisconsin. As a member of the Milwaukee Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association, she was dedicated to the health and welfare of the community. It is in their names that these gifts are awarded to deserving organizations that serve the community.

Technology Access Foundation

About the Organization:  “TAF is a nonprofit leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. We use STEM as a tool for realizing social change and educational equality in communities of color and those with low income. Our targeted approach leverages in-school and out-of-school learning to address longstanding historical inequities for students of color, yet cultivates leadership and citizenship in ALL students toward equity.”

Their Mission: “TAF aims to equip students of color for success in college and in life through the power of an interdisciplinary STEM education and supportive relationships.”

Get more information here.

2017 Gus and Mary Kelly Award Recipient – Coyote Central