Green and Gold Foundation Honors Gladys Howell for Service to Community
Last updated 11/6/2019 at 2:19pm
The Green and Gold Foundation Nov. 2 honored retired school teacher Gladys Howell for her dedication and contributions to the Lake Wales community.
Howell was surprised with a tribute at the foundation's gala, which raised funds for the B Street Community Center.
Howell and her school teacher husband, Robert, moved their family to Lake Wales in 1964. She started her local career at Roosevelt High School and then taught at Polk Avenue Elementary, retiring in 1992. She earned her bachelor's degree from Bethune Cookman College and her master's from Alabama State University. She has 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
In addition to supporting the Green and Gold Foundation, Howell has been an active volunteer for various community groups, including the Girl Scouts, NAACP, Lake Wales Care Center, Easter Star, American Legion and her church, First Institutional Missionary Baptist. The contributions of the Howells and their four children were recognized earlier this year when the City of Lake Wales dedicated the Howell Family Park on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in their honor.
Green and Gold Foundation Board members Janice Snell and Alice Sanders presented the award to Howell, with Snell telling stories about the spunky 93-year-old's past travel escapades. Circuit Judge Dana Moore spoke about leadership and the importance of serving the community.
Others recognized at the Gala included Foundation co-founder Clinton Horne, Snell, Sanders and staff members Allison Snyder and Cynthia Robinson.
Gala sponsors included Tonya Stewart Law, Sara Jones Law and AdventHealth Lake Wales at the diamond level, gold sponsor Rodney Rackley and table sponsors Attorney Cassandra Denmark, City of Lake Wales, First Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, Clint Horne, Terrye Howell, Ivory Wilson, Janice Snell and Alice Sanders.
The Foundation operates the B Street Community Center, located at 230 B Street just north of Lincoln Avenue. For more information, visit the website at http://www.bstreetcommunitycenter.org, call 863-679-8091 or email [email protected]
The Center opened in 2001 and has proven over the years to be a place of assistance to those in need, as well as an education center that educates, empowers and enlightens.
The B Street Center offers a variety of support services to community residents, while also offering programming that provides for the education, health and wellness and financial independence of community residents. A snap shot of the programs and services offered at the center include:
• Computer access for those applying for SNAP/ EBT benefits
• Computer literacy training for youth and adult
• Fitness programs
• Youth Mentoring Program
• After school tutoring program
• Food Bank and free bread on Mondays
• Summer programs for youth
• Employment search assistance
• Juvenile justice counseling by appointment
• Senior exercise classes
• Transition and utility support and scholarships