Forrest E. Powell Foundation

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Honoring Emory W. Williams

It was Sunday April 1, but the Forrest E. Powell Foundation’s annual jazz brunch was no April fool’s joke, even though its chairman Hecky Powell makes everything fun.


The Foundation was formed to support the work ethic as exemplified by Heckys’ late father Forrest E. Powell. Every year it honors those who have led exemplary hard working lives. Over 200 people attended the festive champagne brunch held at Zhivago’s restaurant in Skokie.
This years’ major honoree, Emory Williams was given the Forrest E. Powell honorary award, and was very serious as he accepted it. He spoke about the importance of education and hard work. Emory Williams spent his entire life in education culminating in 30 years as head of the vocational education program at Evanston Township High School, and then serving as Trustee and President of the board at Oakton Community College.
Next to be honored was the surprise winner of the Work Ethic Award, Nancy Klaiber honored for her committed life as wife and mother, while juggling a full career. She was shocked and tearful as she gratefully accepted the award.