In the Fall of 2017, Ivy Wynn-Fowler, a Senior Underwriting Technician in our Lake Mary office, received the FCCI Hero Award and a financial contribution for leading the Gifts for Grads program.
Gifts for Grads provides deserving high school students who are heading off to college with a complete Dorm kit, including bedding and bath accessories, school supplies, toiletries and other items. Each student is selected based on financial need and an essay about what it means to them to attend college. In May, 14 students were awarded these dorm kits, and the top three also received laptops.
In addition, Ivy tutors young women at a local high school and hosts pizza dinners for them. She also regularly tutors children at the Orange County Homeless Shelter. She even became a foster parent for a girl after her mother abandoned her at the shelter.
Recently, when Ivy was passing a park after church, she saw a young mother with two small children. After her physically abusive boyfriend had given her two black eyes, the mother had left with her children and spent the night in the park. They were hungry with no place to go. Ivy bought them food, diapers and wipes and paid for a night in a hotel. Ivy encouraged the woman to reach out to her mother who lives in another state, and the three are now safe in her mother’s home.
Ivy has helped countless students and adults prepare to achieve goals that would have otherwise seemed unobtainable. We’re proud to name Ivy Wynn-Fowler as a recipient of the FCCI Hero Award.