Local philanthropist Kathryn “Kitty” Moeller is the recipient of the 2018 Libby Award. A reception in her honor will be hosted by the Flint Women and Girls Fund Advisory Committee on Thursday, October 25, 5:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre in Flint. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event to congratulate Moeller. An optional tour of the newly renovated theatre will be held prior to the reception at 4:30 p.m.
“Kitty inspires women by being an amazing example,” says Essence Wilson of Communities First, who nominated her for the award. “Kitty has taught me how to use my voice as a woman to get things accomplished and offers a listening ear when I need a wise opinion. Although I am a bit younger than her and of a different ethnic background, Kitty values my point of view and respects me as an equal. Her example of dignity, influence, quiet power, advocacy and relentless optimism has inspired me to be a better person, a better wife and a better leader.”
In her volunteer roles serving on the boards of the Junior League, Urban League, First Presbyterian Church, MTA and Planned Parenthood, as well as professional roles at the Genesee District Library and Child and Family Services, Moeller is steadfast in her conviction that women are represented in leadership roles. She ensures not only that the female point of view is represented but also that women are treated with fairness and equity.
Moeller has served as a national volunteer for the Girl Scouts of America and is a past chair of the Flint Women and Girls Fund Advisory Committee. She exemplifies the values of Olivia P. Maynard, for whom the Libby Award is named.
Moeller describes Libby as a good friend and admires her greatly. “She’s a person I’ve looked up to for many reasons. She listens to people, including people with differing opinions without judgment. She is someone who cares deeply about all people. She is a role model that we can look up to and emulate.”
Several nominations were received for the Libby Award that was created by the Flint Women and Girls Fund Advisory Committee in 2000. The first award was presented to Olivia P. “Libby” Maynard, a philanthropist and advocate for women and girls in Genesee County.
“In Flint, people care beyond their own circle,” Moeller says. “People live for others beyond themselves, and that’s a rock-solid asset we have in this community.”
The Libby Award is presented every two years to a woman who inspires diverse groups of women and girls, acts as a role model and empowers women. The Community Foundation looks forward to presenting the award to another woman for a lifetime of community engagement.
Kindly RSVP to the event by emailing [email protected]; register online at www.cfgf.org; or call 810-767-8270. There is no charge for the reception or tour. Gifts in honor of Kitty Moeller can be made online to the Flint Women and Girls Fund at www.cfgf.org.
Libby Award Recipients
2000 – Olivia P. Maynard
2002 – Sarah E. Warner
2004 – Celia Perez Booth
2006 – Claire M. White
2008 – Dolores C. Ennis
2010 – Susan L. Moulton, M.S.N.
2012 – Katherine Saunders
2014 – Evelyn V. Golden M.D.
2016 – Jessie M. Muldrew, Ph.D.