A memorial fund to provide scholarships to students who demonstrate a commitment to the community they live in has been created by the marketing department in the College of Business and Public Administration at Cal State San Bernardino.
The Judy Davis Memorial Fund was established to honor the 1994 CSUSB marketing graduate, who died earlier this year from pneumonia, said CSUSB marketing professor Victoria Seitz.
A fundraiser to benefit the fund will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m., 476 Fairmont Drive, San Bernardino. To R.S.V.P., e-mail Seitz at email@example.com.
Judy’s devotion to help others propelled the establishment of the fund,” says her mother Doreen Davis.
After graduation, Judy Davis worked for GTE, now Verizon, in Yellow Pages advertising, but decided to work helping others, Seitz said. Davis joined Volunteers in Parole, a unique mentoring organization that was established to mentor men and women on parole by enlisting attorneys to be guides, advisers, friends and role models. Davis helped launch the program in Riverside, serving as program director, Seitz said.
“Judy had a special knack for attracting talented volunteers, judges and lawyers to mentor her clients as she helped them achieve the goal of becoming professionals in the community,” Seitz said.
Davis’s efforts helped hundreds of parolees build their lives again and become productive citizens in the community. Even after the program was dissolved due to budget cuts, Davis continued to help parolees integrate into society through her involvement in Red Ribbon Week at local high schools, said Doreen Davis.
For her efforts, Davis received recognition for the organization’s outstanding success in its first year from the Riverside County Department of Corrections. She was also recognized by Assemblyman Bill Emmerson as a District 63 Woman of Distinction.
To contribute to the Judy Davis Memorial Fund, make checks payable to:CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation
Mail to: Shelly Brown
California State University, San Bernardino
College of Business and Public Administration
5500 University Parkway, JB 278
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397
For more information, go to the Judy Davis Memorial Fund Facebook page.