During the week of December 9, 2013, members of the Epsilon Beta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. gathered at the home of their Soror, Shirley Proctor Puller, who made her transition on December 4, 2013. After the homegoing celebration, many Sorors were there to support Shirley's husband, Bill; daughter, Bridgette; and son, Cosey.
While Shirley was being remembered as a passionate educator and literacy advocate for children, Bill suggested a fitting tribute would be to establish a foundation in her name to continue her efforts. Sorority members Gladys McNeil, her best friend; Angela Collins, her cousin; Teresa Williams, Martha Philpot and others led the effort. Bill subsequently set up a non-profit, appropriately named for Shirley, and obtained 501c3, tax-exempt status. The Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation has been sustained by securing donations and community partnerships with local businesses and educational entities. Under its leadership, the Foundation now has three major programs:
Literacy Drives/Book Donations
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Summer Camp
and continues to seek additional venues to enhance the educational and life outcomes of the children of South St. Petersburg.