Rost wins national award
CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign woman has won a national award from an organization that honors mothers.
Gail Rost has been named the National Mother of Achievement from American Mothers Inc.
She was also named Mother of Achievement for the state of Illinois late last year, by the same organization.
"It's pretty amazing," Rost said, adding that she had been interviewed for the national award and was notified that she was a winner earlier this week.
Rost is executive director of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation. She and her husband, Craig, have three children: Anna, 28, John, 26, and Christopher, 20.
"The award recognizes outstanding women whose positive influence, talents and community service has made a significant impact in the lives of children and families," according to the American Mothers website.
Rost is also the current president of the Urbana Rotary Club and former president of the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana.
In addition to Rost's work as executive director of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation, she also serves as general manager for the foundation's I.D.E.A. Store, which she started more than two years ago as a way to provide money for the foundation.
Kathie Lee Gifford is also a recipient of the Mother of Achievement award, as is another woman from Utah, Rost said.
"It's just fun," she said.
The three winners will be honored at a conference in New York in April.
"I'm extremely honored and humbled," Rost said. "Mothers all over the nation are doing amazing things."
American Mothers is an interfaith, non-political, nonprofit organization that recognizes the important role of motherhood through educational programs and community outreach.