The Kathryn A. Basile Foster a Dream Foundation made a second $5,000 award March 5 to United for Families during the organization’s Le Bal Masque.
The donation will be combined with an earlier $5,000 contribution made in November to the Road to Success program to help older children in foster care pay for senior-year and graduation-related expenses.
Foster a Dream was established in 2010 in memory of Kathy Basile, longtime executive director of the St. Lucie County Children’s Services Council, whose wish was to create a charitable foundation that would serve the needs of children in foster care.
United for Families Board Chair Pat McCoy accepted the award from Basile’s siblings, Lynn Silva and Steve Basile, mother Gloria Geswell and husband, Tom Gonzalez.
Basile, executive director of the St. Lucie County Children’s Services Council until she died in 2009, was the recipient of many awards for her work with local children, including: the Florida Senate Medallion of Excellence; the Florida Coalition of Children’s Lifetime Achievement Award; the 19th Judicial Circuit Award; Florida’s Children Forum School Readiness Coalition Award; and the Children Home Society’s Dave Thomas Child Advocate of the Year Award.
In October 2009, United for Families unveiled the Kathryn A. Basile Community Service Award to Stop the Tears at its Le Bal Masque. Sean Boyle, executive director of the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County, accepted the award on behalf of Basile, who was given the honor posthumously.
Elizabeth Barbella, policy and operations director for the Martin County Children’s Services Council, was presented with the 2011 award.
Donations to the Kathryn A. Basile Foster a Dream Foundation should be sent to: Kathryn A. Basile Foster A Dream Foundation, P.O. Box 7338, Port St. Lucie, FL 34985.