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Local volunteer earns an Alaskan cruise

Cabot Creamery Cooperative recognized Cathy D. Davis, local community member, at the Cabot Community Tour stopover on Saturday at Old Mill Park. Davis was nominated for this recognition, which called for community members who have made a difference in the Greater Fredericksburg area. Davis and her husband will enjoy an all-expenses-paid cruise to Alaska with 40 other volunteers from communities along the east coast.

Cathy Davis is currently Chairman of the Board for Rappahannock United Way, and she is on the board of Empowerhouse (formerly Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence) and has served on the board of the League of Extraordinary Young Women, an initiative funded by local philanthropist Doris Buffett. The League provides mentors for high school-aged, at-risk young women from broken homes with the goal of sending them to college. Davis mentored three high school girls, hosting programs to educate

them on social skills, health and nutrition, financial skills, and setting and achieving education-related goals. Today, these young women have all completed their first year at four-year schools.

Davis is the past President of Women in the Giving Spirit (WINGS), a local group that raises funds for local nonprofits. Her other involvements include co-chairing several committee for the George Washington Fredericksburg Foundation, participating in the Trees of Hope fundraiser with Hope House, and volunteering with Tea for the Cure. Davis said, ““Investing my time in these agencies is my passion; it’s a full-time job.”