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Kathryn Kelly Inducted Into Bishop Verot Catholic High School Alumni Hall of Fame

Fort Myers, FL, March 14, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation was recently inducted into The Bishop Verot Catholic High School Alumni Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors graduates of Bishop Verot who are academically accomplished scholars, spiritual and faith-based people and leaders committed to service and social justice.

Kelly, a 1973 graduate of Bishop Verot, Edison State College and the University of Florida, had a 20 year career as a successful architect designing commercial buildings and high-rises in Southwest Florida and Seattle, Washington. In 1999, while working as an architect, she and members of her church delivered food baskets to needy families in a neighborhood only a mile from where she grew up. She was inspired to found The Heights Foundation, an organization committed to eliminating poverty by providing opportunities and removing obstacles, through education and family-strengthening. She has been President and CEO since 2000. In 2013, the Foundation’s 14,000 square-foot, $5.8 million community center opened.

“Kathryn Kelly is a wonderful example of the spirit of Bishop Verot Catholic High School,” said John Cavell, Principal. “She is committed to finding and nurturing the gifts and talents of every child, regardless of their situation and offering opportunity through education.”

The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts. For more information visit www.heightsfoundation.org or call (239) 482-7706.

About The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center

The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts.

Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 1,200 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 55% Hispanic, 36% African-American, and 9% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.
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The Heights Foundation
Elly Hagen
239-994-3927
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www.heightsfoundation.org

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