LEXINGTON, Ky. — At the recent 25th-anniversary celebration of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL), founding staff were recognized as recipients of the 2022 Beverly Nickell Raimondo Leadership Award from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The gathering was sponsored by Field and Main Bank, Russell Capital Management, and the Raimondo Family.
“Without the staff’s shared commitment and vision CIPL would not have had the unparalleled success it has had of empowering Kentucky parents and families,” said Tony Raimondo, husband of the late Beverly Raimondo.
The Prichard Committee award is named in honor and memory of Beverly Nickell Raimondo, who was instrumental in the development of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership in 1997. Since its founding, the institute has trained and supported parents as advocates for educational excellence.
“It is such an honor to be named among great parent leaders to receive the Beverly Nickell Raimondo Leadership award. Bev honestly believed every parent could be an advocate and made it her life’s work to train as many parents as she could. She gave us the language and the confidence we needed, not just to see our own children succeed, but every child we met. Thank you Raimondo Family, we will continue to honor Bev’s legacy,” Alana Morton, CIPL Program Associate (2005-2017).
“Bev’s vision allowed us to be groundbreakers and innovators,” Maria Kenner, Community Support Coordinator (1998-2004).
“What a special honor to receive the 2022 Raimondo Award! I am proud and grateful to have had Bev as a friend and mentor. She was a natural leader with a servant’s heart and passion for helping parents realize their power in their child’s education,” Lutricia Woods, Community Support Coordinator (1998-2015).
“Bev’s team were the original builders, laying the foundation and vision of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. Bev’s legacy continues to live through our continued efforts to ensure parents have a seat at the table,” said Brigitte Blom, President and CEO of the Prichard Committee.
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