NFC President John Grosskopf, NFC Nursing and Allied Health Director Julie Townsend, NFC Foundation Board of Directors
Member Janegale Boyd (Jefferson County), and Danny MacQuirter of Allen, Mooney & Barnes Investment Advisors.
THE PARKER POE CHARITABLE TRUST DONATES $100,000
o many words can be used to describe the late
Kate Ireland (1930-2011) - giving, honorable,
dedicated, fun-spirited, and the list goes on.
An equally long list is needed to describe her life
pursuits and passions - philanthropist, naturalist,
preservationist, volunteer, music enthusiast,
humanitarian and educator, just to name a few.
Kate, born in Ohio, was considered a local treasure
dedicated to restoring and maintaining the Red Hills
of North Florida and South Georgia, which she called
home for many years after moving from Cleveland and
Kentucky. An eight-mile stretch of highway linking
Thomasville and Tallahassee is named in her honor - the
Kate Ireland Parkway.
In the 1950s and 60s, Kate’s strong leadership skills
quickly moved her up the ranks of the Kentucky-based
Frontier Nursing Service (FNS). In 1963, she was
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named to the FNS Board of Governors and by 1975
had been named national chairman. In 1987, The Kate
Ireland Women’s Health Care Center was dedicated
in her honor with much praise from the FNS Board of
Governors - “In every situation, Kate always ‘gives it all
she’s got’ and she’s got a lot!”
Kate’s energy, enthusiasm and endless drive to
make a positive impact led to numerous awards
and accomplishments during her lifetime. In the
Thomasville-Tallahassee area where she called Foshalee
Plantation home, Kate served on numerous boards
and community, civic and service organizations. She
continuously gave back to her community.
To this day, Kate’s commitment to giving and helping
others lives on through the Parker Poe Charitable Trust,
established by Ireland to fund deserving organizations
and projects that make a profound difference.