1. Beverly Gaines, CLA '25, former Mercer football player
(Roy's great uncle)
2. Roy, CLA '79 and Ana with Dr. W. David Sapp, CLA '68
(Atlanta Pastor of Roy and Ana) and Linda Sapp
3. Roy and John Zellars (Roy's dad) in front of SAE House in 1979.
4. John and Judy Zellars (Roy's parents) with President Ronald
and Nancy Reagan in 1985
5. John Zellars (Roy's father) congratulated by Ronald Reagan
after serving one year as Chairman of the U.S. League of Savings
and Loan Institutions.
6. Broadus Zellars (Roy's grandfather), CLA ' 29, LAW '32
Roy's father, John B. Zellars believed that everyone should have a place to call home. His work in the savings and loan industry helped make that a reality for many Americans. He was chosen to serve as President of the United States Savings and Loan League under President Ronald Reagan for one year. In memory of John, our foundation was fortunate to sponsor 4 "rehab" homes through Habitat for Humanity between 2009 - 2011. These were distressed homes that were renovated or rebuilt. They provided families with an affordable place to live. This program not only helped families, but also helped our economy during the financial crisis.
Tampa Bay Harvest functions as a food recovery and gleaning organization in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Will Carey, General Manager, along with his volunteers pick up leftover, sale dated and excess food items from many locations including supermarkets, hospitals, schools, restaurants as well as other food related businesses and delivers the rescued food to local area charities that are feeding the hungry. In July of 2010, we purchased a 20 ft. refrigerated truck that they desperately needed to prevent the food from spoiling in the intense Florida heat. We repaired their 14 ft. box truck as well. Ana and her daughter, Andrea enjoyed creating the wraps that went on each of the two TBH trucks.
St. Petersburg Free Clinic primarily provides food, shelter and health care for the greater Tampa Bay area. Their main box truck used to replenish their food bank was on its last leg. Our foundation considered it a real privilege to cover expenses for a new 20 ft. Ford box truck, which they picked up in July of 2011. Ana created artwork for some new truck wraps. Her daughter, Andrea, turned it into a graphic design. This wrap was used on all of the vehicles owned and operated by St. Petersburg Free Clinic to carry their message as they collected food that would then be used to help their clients and other agencies including homeless shelters in the area.
Our foundation funded a micro-finance project in Ghana, West Africa in 2010. A group of university students traveled to Kongo, Ghana to begin "Hand Up Nadam", a project to help provide loans with incentives. These were provided to cover expenses for businesswomen in the Kongo market. Business training was a requirement. This included marketing tools as well as bookkeeping and profit calculation classes.
Remarkably, these women's small businesses selling hats, homemade beer, fresh produce, fish and more are succeeding. Without a micro-finance approach and hands on training, it would be a constant struggle for these women to keep their children from going hungry.