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Bill McNutt III Family Foundation
The Bill McNutt III family of University Park has announced the creation of a 501(c)(3) non-profit Family Foundation established to benefit Corsicana and Navarro County, Texas in various ways for many years to come, including beautifying public spaces and teaching leadership to high school students, among other things.
The Foundation's bylaws allow it to promote the following;
Public sculpture, murals, and public space beautification.
Interdenominational Christian and Jewish organizations like the Child Evangelism Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bible Study Fellowship International, Corsicana Ministerial Alliance, and International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
Evangelism in the Christian faith.
High school football strength, conditioning, and safety.
High school students' student leadership, fine arts, and music education.
Public speaking classes and competitions for eighth, ninth, and tenth graders in Navarro County public and private schools.
Bill McNutt III grew up in Corsicana, Texas, and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1973. McNutt is currently the co-founder and general partner of Menlo Park, California-based Silicon Valley Growth Syndicate Investment Fund. He previously co-owned Tradesman Truck Box, which was the sole manufacturer of "Huskie" pickup truck storage boxes for Home Depot. In 2013, the company was sold to Lund International.
McNutt is a co-founder of the non-profit organization State Funeral for WWII Veterans that was responsible for the National Funeral for Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. His service was held in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington on July 14, 2022. Bill was one of the owners of Collin Street Bakery for over 40 years and was responsible for the addition of over 10,000 new customers using direct response newspaper advertising in Great Britain. He was also the owner of Tradesman Truck Box, the sole creator of Husky pickup truck storage boxes for Home Depot, as well as the founder of Gateway Southwest Capital.
He is married to Susana Rabel McNutt, an accomplished Dallas attorney well-known for her exceptional legal performance.
“I have been blessed in business in Silicon Valley with our Venture Capital Fund and other businesses, such as Huskie Truck Boxes, but the foundation for the success of so many of us from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s were from the people, the churches, the coaches, and teachers, of Corsicana and Navarro County,” McNutt said.
“I was exposed at an early age to men who built businesses and worked hard on community economic development, making Navarro County a better place for all. Men like Arthur Keeney, Dr. Louis Gibson, Hank Wyatt, Oliver Albritton, Jimmy Dyer, Herb Silverberg, and George Weinschel. They set the example I am following in creating this foundation.”
Susana Rabel McNutt, Bill’s wife said, “Bill has always wanted to be in a position to give back to his hometown, the way that the Frank Drane family, the James Collins family, and the Wolens families have done in the past. The first song Bill taught his boys to sing were the words of All Hail Corsicana. It must have taken hold since both of them proudly live in Corsicana today. Those boys could have lived and worked anywhere, but they choose Corsicana.”
Bill is the grandson of the late Lee and Mae McNutt and the son of the late L. William McNutt, Jr and Josephine Pritchett McNutt.
McNutt has four children. They are Thomas McNutt and Will McNutt, of Corsicana, and Rabel Josephine Mae McNutt and Slone Carson McNutt of Dallas. Thomas is married to Oak Grove, Louisiana native Julie Martin, Ph.D. in Medicine. Will is married to Michelle Glover McNutt, a Corsicana public school teacher from Knoxville, Tennessee. Lee Michael McNutt is their son.
Bill McNutt III volunteers his time and resources to his community in addition to his work in the public and private sectors.
Bill was elected President of the Senior Class, Co-Captain of the Varsity Football Team, and voted Most Likely to Succeed at Corsicana High. On a football scholarship, he attended Southern Methodist University. Texas Football Magazine named him to the 25th Silver Anniversary Corsicana High Football team. Bill McNutt earned his MBA at Vanderbilt University. Following graduate school, he worked at Collin Street Bakery and in President Ronald Reagan's White House.
Bill founded the "Corsicana My Home Town Project" in 2013, a website and Facebook group to promote Corsicana on social media. This effort has been very successful in encouraging people to reconnect with Corsicana through social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter in order to rekindle memories and help Corsicana grow. The more past and present citizens who get involved, the better chance we have of bringing more jobs, events, and people to Navarro County's seat. The group currently has nearly 4,000 members.
The Foundation is creating and donating a sculpture to complement the existing bronze, life-size figures in Corsicana's downtown area. Through its Bronze Ambassadors initiative, it commissioned a statue in Corsicana.
One example of leadership development is providing scholarships to two captains of the eighth-grade Corsicana Middle School football team to attend Camp Kanakuk in Branson, Missouri, each summer. The selection will be made in collaboration with the Corsicana High School athletic director by the head eighth-grade football coach. These two scholarships will be known as the "Robert Polk Kanakuk Scholarships," in recognition of Mr. Polk's many years of service to Collin Street Bakery, his church, and his community.