Harry Soose Jr., CEC’s Chief Financial Officer, recently was honored with the Linda A. Dickerson Award for his commitment to providing opportunities to children experiencing homelessness.
At its annual gala each year, the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) raises money to help its mission and honors local “Champions” for their commitment to improving children’s lives around western Pennsylvania. Harry has volunteered with the HCEF for the past 10 years and has served as the board chair in 2019 and 2020. He is the first board chair to receive the Dickerson Award.
The award is named in honor of Linda A. Dickerson, who helped with the formation of the HCEF in 1999 and served as the organization’s first board chair. She was diagnosed as a child with the rare genetic disease Werdnig-Hoffman, a severe form of spinal muscular atrophy, and used a wheelchair her whole life. Linda, who died in September 2020 at the age of 59, is widely recognized around western Pennsylvania for her tireless work with nonprofit organizations and for her advocacy for people with disabilities.
“To have my name and volunteer efforts associated with the many great accomplishments of the late Linda Dickerson is unbelievably rewarding,” Harry says. “She was often described as a person who knew how to get things done to benefit people who needed a little help to reach their full capabilities.”
The goal of the HCEF is to fill the gaps in the educational needs of the 4,000 children in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, experiencing homelessness. The organization relies on donations from individuals, charitable foundations, and corporations. CEC is proud to be a longtime supporter and contributor to this great cause.