Ellen Shanor (right), with J. F. Maddox Foundation President Don Maddox (center), presents Chaves County CASA Executive Director Carrie-Leigh Cloutier with $10,000 donation. (Ilissa Gilmore Photo)
The J. F. Maddox Foundation presented Chaves County CASA with a donation of $10,000 in a ceremony Monday at the 5th District Judicial Courthouse.
The foundation made the donation in honor of Ellen Shanor, a retiring member of the foundation’s Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship Selection Committee.
Based in Hobbs, the foundation usually presents grants to organizations involved in improving the quality of life in Lea County. However, Foundation President and former 5th Judicial District Court Judge Don Maddox, along with a few members of the board traveled to Roswell to personally deliver the donation.
Maddox said the foundation wanted to recognize Shanor with a gift of her choosing and it is “thrilled she chose CASA.”
“It’s a big treat for us,” he said, adding that CASA’s Executive Director Carrie-Leigh Cloutier is well known for her work. “It’s an outstanding circumstance. … We couldn’t have been happier about that.”
Shanor said Cloutier is a remarkable leader and that CASA is “a program that I’m proud of.
“It helps more children on a wider plane and those that really, really need it,” she said. “It’s a chance for them to make a new start.”
Cloutier said CASA is grateful to have received the donation on behalf of “Ellen, who is a friend I respect.”
After Shanor presented Cloutier with the donation, Cloutier presented her with a bouquet of flowers.
The Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship Program grants four-year college scholarships to eligible students in Lea County. One of these annual awards represents a full-ride four-year scholarship to attend any college or university in the continental U.S.
The Foundation appoints its Selection Committee members and Shanor is the only one to have served continuously on the committee since its inception, 17 years ago, until retirement.
Maddox said Shanor acted as the “sparkplug” for the committee, saying her leadership and judgment helped to craft its soul.