2018 Cliffy Award Recipient
Creed Lamar Ford III
On Thursday, November 8, American YouthWorks will present the 2018 Cliffy Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Legacy to the family of Creed Lamar Ford III in his memory.
Creed passed away peacefully at the age of 65 on Friday, July 20, 2018.
Creed was an active Co-Chair of Help Clifford Help Kids. The American YouthWorks staff and fellow Help Clifford Help Kids Co-Chairs are saddened by Creed’s death and honored for the opportunity to acknowledge the accomplished restaurateur, philanthropist and family man.
Each year the Cliffy Award is presented to a member of the Austin community who exemplifies goodwill and generosity. All agree Creed lived his life exemplifying all that the Cliffy Award represents.
Creed Ford III grew up in Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics.
Creed was a long-time, well respected restauranteur and managed, inspired and led thousands of employees at various companies including Brinker International, Fired Up, Inc. and Ford Restaurant Group, Inc.
Creed enjoyed ranching, hunting, songwriting, golf, Aggie football and especially spending time with family and friends. He was the best story teller and was a true friend who was always there when you needed him.
Creed's life passion was helping others. As a founder of The Fired Up Foundation, he raised and donated over $2.7 million to various charities over the years such as CureDuchenne, Autism Speaks, Marbridge Ranch and American YouthWorks.
Creed was an honorary member of the Tyrus Tim Registry, which honors the outstanding alumni of the College of Agriculture of Economics at Texas A&M. In addition to his role of President of The Fired Up Foundation, Creed also served as a Board Member of Nolan Ryan Beef Company, member of the Development Council of the May's School of Business and The Development Council for the School of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M and the Texas Restaurant Association.
Creed lived in Spicewood Texas with his wife Lynn. They have two children Harper Ford Rehme and Creed Ford IV.