Charlene Garraway “High Heel” Scholarship Award
Charlene Reed Garraway passed away on Jan. 2, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. Charlene was the daughter of the late Charles Reed and Julia McCaskill Garraway and survived by her 3 loving sisters and many family and friends that will miss her dearly. Charlene was a graduate of Marianna High School and was Miss Marianna, 1963. She was a graduate of The Florida State University in Constructive Design, and an avid FSU fan. Charlene would light up any room and captivate others with her smile, charm, and laughter.
She enjoyed family gatherings and international travel with her colleagues and sisters. Charlene celebrated life to the fullest and taught others to live in the moment. Her passion was art, theater, and dance. She touched many people with her warmth and kindness. She entered the hospitality industry with the opening of Walt Disney World.
She held positions as director of sales, events, convention and catering management at various hotels, including the Sheraton Twin Towers and Marriott in Orlando. She was executive Vice President and owner of Bayway Travel, St Petersburg. She was founder and past president, Orlando Area Meeting Professionals International (MPI), past president and one of the founders of the Tampa Bay Area MPI, and on the International Board of Directors.
She received numerous citations and awards for outstanding service and was included in Who's Who of Young American Women. Charlene was the longest member of our MPITBA Chapter and in her memory we are starting a Scholarship fund in her name, the Charlene Garraway “High Heel” Scholarship Award.