Verne Carson Luminary Awards

In 1966, Verne Carson embarked on his lifelong commitment to Little City as an advocate, friend and Board Member. For over 50 years, he poured his heart and soul into making sure that Little City stood firm behind its mission of compassion and care for children and adults with disabilities.

Verne’s fierce spirit and unwavering dedication to Little City led him to become a one-of-a-kind visionary and pioneer. By initiating Little City’s direct mail fundraising efforts and developing the long-term legacies and bequests program, he inspired optimism for the future and passion for selflessly giving. His legacy of giving not only financially, but through generously sharing his time and many talents, set an ambitious standard for supporters to follow.

Little City presents the Vernon Carson Luminary Award to individuals who, like Verne, have kept the flame alive in their extraordinary and innovative support of Little City. By furthering the mission of Little City beyond the status quo—through time, treasure and talent—these exemplary leaders have fostered compassion and illuminated the path of leadership for future generations. The Luminary Award is the highest achievement a supporter can receive and is further proof that the recipient has made a life-changing impact in the lives of individuals served at Little City.

Executive Director Shawn Jeffers (left) and former Board President Matt Schubert (right) present the Vernon Carson Luminary Award to Verne’s daughters Julie and Vicki.

Verne Carson

Verne’s enduring relationship with Little City began in 1963. He and his wife, Merle, brought their 9-year old daughter, Jamie, to the organization seeking help. They noticed Jamie was not developing at the same pace as other children and seemed to have significant disabilities. Since that day in 1963, Jamie has thrived and lived a life filled with the hope, happiness and optimism her parents wanted for her.

Award Recipients