Coleen attended the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi for 40 years. Her famous milk punch party held in her hotel room was legendary!
To honor Coleen and the many authors she brought to the Book Festival, the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation established in 2010 the Coleen Salley Endowment Fund which funds and promotes the Coleen Salley Storytelling Award at the annual Book Festival. This award honors the memory of Coleen as a supporter of the book festival, storyteller and children's literature advocate. Each year the award recognizes a storyteller whose ideals and dedication to the field reflect that of Coleen.
Here is a list of the recipients of the Coleen Salley Storytelling Award:
2010: Walter Mayes, aka "Walter the Giant Storyteller", https://www.facebook.com/Walter-the-Giant-Storyteller-276609266991/
2011: Carmen Agra Deedy, www.carmenagradeedy.com
2012: Caroline Herring, www.carolineherring.com
2013: Trout Fishing in America, www.troutmusic.com
2014: Mary Hamilton, www.maryhamilton.info
2015: Rita Auerbach
2016: Tim Tingle, www.timtingle.com
2017: Pat Mora, www.patmora.com
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the Coleen Salley Endowment Fund, click here: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1149/foundation/index.aspx?sid=1149&gid=1&pgid=830&cid=1718&dids=420&bledit=1. If you have any questions, contact the USM Foundation at (601)266-5210. Thank you for your contribution!