FOUNDATION AWARDS STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Chris Reed Foundation Helping Students Achieve Education Goals
BAY AREA HOUSTON, TX – June 8, 2021 – Fourteen recent graduates from various Clear Creek Independent School District campuses were presented with the Chris Reed Foundation’s Celtic Tiger Award. These $2,000 stipends, distributed at a celebratory event on June 3, are designed to supplement college and vocational expenses.
A festive dinner and awards ceremony attracted more than 130 community leaders, elected officials, students and families. “We were thrilled to host such a heartwarming event that supports the financial needs of area youth who have overcome adversity while achieving educational success,” said Jana Reed, Chairperson of the Chris Reed Foundation. Awards totaling $28,000 were distributed during the celebration. Since the organization’s formation in September 2019, the foundation has provided $54,000 in student awards and an additional $5,000 for caps and gowns for 75 seniors who may not have been able to attend their graduation if not for the support.
Community and education advocate, Greg Ploss, was presented with the Crystal Clover Volunteer of the Year award. “Greg has generously provided his time and financial support to the Chris Reed Foundation since its inception,” stated Reed. “He is a treasure to the organization and to the students of Bay Area Houston.”
The event drew education advocates from around the area, including CCISD Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams as well as past and present CCISD Board of Trustees Scott Bowen, Jonathan Cotrell, Jay Cunningham, Ann Hammond, Page Rander and Arturo Sanchez. Municipal and government attendees included the Mayor of Clear Lake Shores, Kurt Otten; the Mayor of Kemah, Carl Joiner; the Mayor of League City, Pat Hallisey; and Fay Picard from Texas Representative Greg Bonnen’s office. The dinner was sponsored by AMOCO Federal Credit Union, a company staple for enhancing the community through support of area schools and charitable organizations.
“My father would be exceptionally proud of this event and the support we and our valued donors are providing to enhance the future success of these talented students,” said Logan Reed, daughter and Vice Chairperson of the Chris Reed Foundation. “He was a devoted student advocate in life and this organization continues his efforts today.”
Chris Reed, who was a police chief, city manager and law enforcement officer in municipalities around Clear Lake, was an avid supporter of education and socio-economically challenged youth. Prior to his accidental death two years ago this week, he served on the CCISD school board, coached wrestling and volunteered on numerous education committees.