As a nursing student, Catherine Crumbs paid a tutor to help her learn the skills she needed in her career. She went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees. Even further, she became an advanced registered nursing practitioner and achieved certification as a clinical nurse practitioner.
Perhaps more importantly, she became a nursing teacher and has been a mentor to who knows how many people as a longtime volunteer with the Pinellas County Urban League's nurses tutoring program.
At the league's 35th annual Equal Opportunity Gala, held in the Palm Court Ballroom of St. Petersburg's Renaissance Vinoy Resort, Crumbs received a key to the city and the President's Award.
About 425 guests attended the event, where TD Bank received the Chairman's Award for its investment in the league's STREAM program at Lakewood Elementary School.
The acronym stands for science, technology, reading, engineering, attitude and mathematics, the focus of a financial literacy initiative for 100 fourth- and fifth-graders at Lakewood Elementary.
Presenters included founding president and chief executive Jim Simmons, current president and CEO Watson Haynes, board chairman Leroy Sullivan and City Council member Wengay Newton.
The event committee included Leah Brown, Loretta Calvin, Rene Flowers, Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, Aundre Green, Alvin Nesmith, Monica Perry, Joyce Robinson, Connie Romito and Gail Simpson.
Alex Glenn, president of Duke Energy in Florida, and Bill Law, president of St. Petersburg College, were honorary event chairs.