FC: Thank you for giving your time, talent and treasure to the students of Seattle Central Community College. | The Seattle Central Community College Foundation Honors George and Cleo Corcoran
1: I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul. -Maya Angelou
3: THE LEMONADE GIRL The Lemonade Girl is a story that John and Mary Ann Koral fondly recall when they think of the Corcorans. John was Tri-C’s Vice-President for Planning in charge of the new West Campus development. He came to know George during his many visits to the Cleveland area. There are many examples of George and Cleo’s abundant concern for others and the humanity reflected in that concern. One special example that uniquely highlights this quality relates to an incident long ago in a small Vermont town. John and Mary Ann recalled the following story. While traveling in the country side, George and Cleo were attracted by a lemonade stand manned by two young girls under the watchful eye of their grandmother not far away. George stopped the car to lend their support to this entrepreneurial endeavor. Through an enthusiastic explanation by the girls, it was learned that all of the profits from their venture would be donated to the local school building fund. An admirable cause! Later in the day, however, while in town, the Corcorans learned that the fund raiser was in dire shape. There was virtually no local support. Upon returning to Seattle and reflecting on the situation, George wrote a check for the building fund in the name of the girls. When the school board made the check public, the town newspaper picked up the story with a succinct editorial. “ What has happened to Vermont civic pride when two strangers living thousands of miles away can see fit to make a generous donation to our local school building fund and everyone living here looks the other way?” Needless to say, civic pride was ignited and the fundraising was successful. A Lifelong friendship developed with the girls and their family, culminating years later in George and Cleo’s return to Vermont for a special wedding of one of the “Lemonade Girls”. Caring for others in thought, work and deed is a noble goal that few of us ever fully achieve. For George and Cleo, it is simply part of their nature.
4: Maryan Maie 2010-2011 Craig & Carol Corcoran Memorial Endowed Scholarship recipient
5: Ariel Mendzoa 2009-2010 Craig & Carol Corcoran Memorial Endowed Scholarship recipient.
6: GIVING SELFLESSLY The Corcorans know what it means to give selflessly of time, resources and heart to issues and causes and people whom they meet. Lunch with” Seattle’s Gang of Four” – Recently George and Cleo arranged a “reunion” luncheon including Harry, Henry, Nolen, George and “the wives”. Looking out over an awe inspiring expanse of water, we savored memories of the “good old days”. As members of “The Gang” enjoyed lunch and reflected on old times, it was clear that George and Cleo took great pleasure in bringing old friends and colleagues together to share the best of each other and the sense of legacy in Seattle.
10: Thank you Cleo and George Corcoran!