The Winter-Reed Tribute ceremony honoring the CREATE Foundation airs December 16 at 2 p.m. on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television. Organized by the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education, the event recognizes local individuals and organizations that make a significant contribution to public education in the state.
The Winter-Reed Partnership Award was launched by MAPE in 2007 to honor the unique bipartisan partnership forged by former Gov. William Winter and the late Tupelo businessman Jack Reed Sr. to advance public education in Mississippi. Since the inaugural presentation, the Winter-Reed Award has been presented annually to recognize Mississippians who have helped improve and promote public education.
The CREATE Foundation works to improve the quality of life for the people of Northeast Mississippi by focusing on the education, community development, philanthropy and targeted grant-making. Founded in 1972 in Tupelo, the CREATE Foundation serves 17 counties.
Past Winter-Reed Partnership Award recipients are:
2007 (inaugural) – Gov. William Winter and Jack Reed, Sr.
2008 – Sen. Grey Ferris
2009 – Dr. Cathy Grace
2011 – Rep. Robert Clark, Andy Mullins, Dick Molpus, John Henegan and David Crews
2012 – Jim and Clairborne Barksdale
2013 – Dr. Aubrey Lucas
2014 – Dr. Hank Bounds
2015 – Dr. Clyde Muse
2016 – Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald
2017 – Dr. Robert C. Khayat