In 2003, a very generous gift from the family of Mary Kay Friday (1942-2001) was the catalyst for CDSS's developing vision of an ambitious, far-reaching leadership development outreach program.
A fund supporting leadership development was a natural choice for honoring Mary Kay's memory. Mary Kay was a dancer, organizer and emerging dance caller in the greater Washington, DC area. She served on the CDSS Governing Board for many years, and was committed to building and strengthening our dance community. One of her missions within the organization was to support the training of dance leaders, callers and musicians. She was instrumental in the development of the leadership training courses at our summer programs, and organized a leadership training workshop in her local community.
The Mary Kay Friday Leadership Fund is a fund treated as endowed and designated by the CDSS Governing Board to support a wide variety of leadership development initiatives.* Subsequent significant gifts from Christopher and Kimberly Field, Jackie Algon and members of the CDSS Board have supplemented the original gift from Mary Kay's family. The Fund is now one of several outreach resources through which CDSS can support leadership training, having become the kernel for our broad-reaching Leadership Training Funds program.
Mary Kay's family are not dancers themselves, but they heard many tales from her about her dance adventures, and understood how important the dance community was in her life. We are extremely grateful to her brothers, Bill, Doug and Jim Goodman, and their families for the gift in Mary Kay's memory that sparked our vision and has led to so much more.
*Immediately after her death, CDSS received numerous gifts in her memory from Mary Kay's many friends, and established the Mary Kay Friday Scholarship Fund. The Mary Kay Friday Fund for leadership training is a separate fund. Both are worthy and valuable resources for us in our outreach to the community, and we are glad to receive gifts to either fund.