Corinth couples, community colleges honored by CREATE

TUPELO – Two families from Corinth were honored Thursday night with the top award from the CREATE Foundation. Three community colleges also were honored.
Kenneth and Nancy Ann Williams and Sandy and Rosemary Williams were the 2009 McLean Award for Philanthropy winners. Kenneth and Sandy Williams are brothers.
The award was given at CREATE’s Fall Summit, which was held at the BancorpSouth Conference Center.
The McLean award has been given since 1997 to individuals and organizations that exemplify George and Anna Keirsey McLean’s spirit of giving, according to Larry Kirk, chairman of CREATE’s board.
George McLean, who died in 1983, was CREATE’s founder and longtime Daily Journal publisher.
“It’s humbling to be following in the footsteps of those who have gotten this in the past,” Kenneth Williams said. “The Corinth-Alcorn area has been extremely kind to us over the years and to whom much is given, much is expected.”
Kenneth Williams has held many titles, including CEO of Alcorn County’s economic development organization, The Alliance, and president of the Mississippi Economic Council.
H.L. “Sandy” Williams is president of Coca-Cola Bottling Works Corp. in Corinth and also has a long history of community involvement, including serving as the past chairman of the Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi.
Nancy Ann and Rosemary Williams also are active in their communities, with Rosemary co-founding the Corinth Symphony and Nancy Ann establishing an endowment fund with the goal to improve the quality of life in Corinth and Alcorn County.
CREATE’s other top award, the community partner award, was given to East Mississippi Community College, Itawamba Community College and Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Kirk said the awards are given to organizations that show significant support in helping CREATE’s mission of enhancing life in Northeast Mississippi.
Kirk singled out the schools’ programs geared at dropout recovery, dropout prevention and work force development. He also recognized the tuition guarantee programs.
“It’s clear that when we all work together on common goals, great things can happen,” Kirk said.
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.

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