Katie grew up in a military family, living in places like Hawaii, Germany, and Puerto Rico, until her parents settled in Tampa. She was an accomplished young adult, earning master’s degrees in psychology and child education. 

And though she worked in the school system for some time, an opportunity arose that Katie couldn’t pass up – one that involves her passion for playing the piano, thanks to lessons from her grandmother. Katie was approached to play piano on a cruise ship, which shifted her career away from education and into the world of music and entertainment.

For the next 30 years, Katie toured internationally, performing for a world of different audiences on well-known ocean liners. And though she was always dressed for the show, she didn’t spend much money on herself. 

Katie instead donated a portion of her estate – her hard-earned money – to help homeless individuals and families in the area. Thanks to Katie, our homeless families now have new beds and mattresses, which has been a great need for the past year. Her caring gift to others provides a basic need for these families as they transition to independent living.

Katie passed away in August 2018 – just a few months before she was set to appear on the nationally syndicated TV show, “America’s Got Talent”. Before her passing, Katie planned to give back to our neighbors in need as a way to carry on her kind legacy. We’re beyond grateful for Katie’s full life, big heart, and incredible generosity.