WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The National Jefferson Awards Ceremony is taking place in Washington D.C. this week. Regional and local recipients from all around the country have been brought together to share and celebrate their achievements through community service and volunteer efforts.
WKOW is a proud sponsor of the Jefferson Awards. Every month, 27 News selects one local person who shows excellence through community service and volunteerism. Then, their story is shared and they are recognized as the monthly Jefferson Award winner. At the end of every year, a panel of judges chooses one of our 12 recipients to represent our area at the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony.
This year, Cora White was chosen to represent our area. Cora has spent over 30 years of her life fostering children in our area. She has taken several of them on trips around the world to increase their global understanding and expand their knowledge of the world around them.
Cora, like the other national recipients, was honored over the past three days, and was able to tell her story and talk with others about the importance of her mission.
Cora was also allowed to speak in front of her peers about fostering children. She says, "As a single parent, I cared for over 200 children and traveled around the world with them, teaching them other cultures. In 1998 I founded a national charity and partnered with the business community to help fill the gap of services missing in children of foster care."
Cora returns home to Madison on Thursday.
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