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Welcome to The Walter E. Luckett Jr. Foundation, Inc. website (WEL Foundation).  We are proud of the work the WEL Foundation has been conducting.  Since its incorporation in 2013, we have served hundreds of young people and families throughout the Bridgeport, Greater New Haven, and Waterbury communities.  It is our philosophy we all have a responsibility to more actively participate in determining the future of America and to celebrate our young people.


The WEL Foundation’s work could not be accomplished without the financial generosity and in-kind contributions from our funders, sponsors, and business partners, who have supported us since our inception.  We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for their unwavering commitment and efforts toward the fulfillment of our mission and vision.


One of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century, Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, was quoted as saying, “A life is not important except for the impact it has on others’ lives.”  We hope in some small way the work of the WEL Foundation will achieve that expectation and have a lasting, positive impact on the constituents we serve.


Thank you for visiting our website and having an interest in the WEL Foundation program and services.  We hope you will come back and visit us again.

Board of Directors
Founder's Message

Walter E. Luckett Jr.

Founder & President 

Valita Luckett

Vice President 

Walter and Valita Luckett serve as administrators for the Walter E. Luckett Foundation. In addition to the planning and execution of the overall programming and administrative responsibilities, they manage the Foundation's programming at its various sites. Additionally, the Lucketts serve as facilitators and instructors for the internship training program, which prepares interns for job readiness skills and exposes them to diverse career opportunities. 


Lou Albanese


Lou is active in the community; supporting many community organizations.  He serves on the Finance Committee of the Westport Historical Society, is a Board Member of ECHO, a non-profit located in Bridgeport dedicated to building character, enforcing positive behavior and strengthening life skills of youth, and is a member of the Advisory Board of Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business. 

Lou joined Crestwood in 2019 and serves as a Managing Director, Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining Crestwood, Lou was Founder and Managing Partner of Catamount Wealth Management. He has over 35 years of investment management experience and obtained his B.S. degree from Fairfield University. 

Lou resides in Fairfield with his wife, Linda, and has two sons.

Dr. Leroy Williams


Dr. Leroy Williams is a retired educator, administrator and coach, who served in this capacity for 38 years.  Dr. Williams worked in the New Haven schools of Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy, Riverside Academy, Wilbur Cross High School and Hillhouse High School.  He was a chairman of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference football committee,  a former player at UConn and coach at Lee High School in New Haven.

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