January 4, 2017 – WILMINGTON DE – Pete and Susan Booker of the SmartDrive Foundation will receive the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award at Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner on April 5, 2017. Bishop Malooly, will present the award at the dinner to be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.
“We are delighted to honor Pete and Susan Booker for their lifelong commitment to community service, most especially for their strong dedication to the wellbeing of the children of our communities,” said Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director. “The Bookers, without question, model Monsignor Reese’s commitment to the most vulnerable.”
Mr. Booker is the Executive Director of the SmartDrive Foundation, Inc., which he founded in 2004. SmartDrive is an online, in-school and in-vehicle program teaching responsibility, accountability and maturity to new drivers, and is dedicated to improving the driving skills of teen drivers. Mr. Booker retired in 2015 as President and CEO of Delmarva Broadcasting Company after a long broadcasting career in management and as an on-air performer.
Mr. Booker is a member of the Board of Corporators for Artisan’s Bank, a member of the Board of Governors of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, and a Member and Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ursuline Academy. He is an active Rotarian, serving as a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Wilmington, Delaware, and has been nominated to serve as District Governor of Rotary International District 7630 in 2018-2019.
Mrs. Booker is the Board Secretary and Development Manager for SmartDrive. Her career has focused on childcare and group living positions; her first job was at Catholic Charities Seton Villa. More recently, Mrs. Booker served as Director of Development for St. Paul’s Church and School in Wilmington, and as Campus Minister at Ursuline Academy.
Currently, Mrs. Booker is acting President and member of the Board of Directors for the Mass for the Homeless/Music With A Mission, a Centennial Committee Member of the Music School of Delaware, Treasurer of the Richard’s Alley Homeowners Association, a member of the Capital Campaign and Advancement Committees of Ursuline Academy, and a member of the Ursuline Associates.
The Bookers live in Wilmington, and are members of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish. They have two children. The award, created in 1989 in memory of Msgr. Reese, community activist and longtime director of Catholic Social Services, the forerunner of Catholic Charities recognizes exemplary individuals who have demonstrated a deep commitment to promoting and restoring the well-being of people — Catholic Charities’ mission.