Babette Ferre, also known as Babette Ferre-Kosar, is the ex-wife of Bernie Kosar, a former American football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, and Miami Dolphins. Babette married the American quarterback in 1990, but unfortunately, their marriage was not one to last forever, as the pair separated after a marital union spanning over a decade.
Babette Ferre is a dedicated philanthropist who has gained the recognition and admiration of many for her humanitarian services across different non-profit foundations. She is currently the director of development at Memorial Cancer Institute and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. She was the Director of Development at Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Broward and Executive Director of the Care Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation.
From her numerous philanthropic activities to raising community awareness, Babette has bagged several awards and honors, including the Valor Award for Community Service, amongst others. Let’s take a look at some facts about Bernie Kosar’s ex-wife, Babette Ferre.
Profile Summary of Babette Ferre
- Full Name: Babette Ferre-Kosar
- Date of Birth: 1964
- Place of Birth: Florida, United States of America
- Ethnicity: White
- Nationality: American
- Education: University of Miami, Florida International University, George Washington University, and Baldwin Wallace College
- Profession: Philanthropist and Businesswoman
- Marital Status: Divorced
- Babette Ferre’s ex-husband: Bernie Kosar
- Babette Ferre’s children: Sarah Kosar, Rachel Kosar, Rebecca Kosar, and Joseph Kosar
- Instagram: babetteferre
Babette Ferre was Born in 1964
Babette Ferre was born Babette Joy Ferre in the year 1964, making her 58 years of age as of 2022. She was born in Florida, United States of America. By reason of birth, Babette holds an American nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity.
Babette has kept her private information, especially details of her early life, private. Currently, there is no information about her parents, including their first names and what they do for a living. Due to her enigmatic nature, it is also not clear whether or not she has any siblings.
While Babette Ferre’s early life remains a sketchy affair, her outstanding educational background has been made public. After graduating high school, Babette joined the University of Miami, where she studied Architectural Engineering. She studied B.A Humanities from Florida International University.
Her educational background is not restricted to the above. Babette holds a Master’s degree in law and paralegal studies which she earned from George Washington University, and also a master’s degree in Education from Baldwin Wallace College.
Babette Ferre Shares Four Children with Bernie Kosar
There is little to no information on the romantic relationship between Babette and Bernie Kosar. However, according to the little information that has been gathered, the pair met in Miami and were already in a romantic relationship around the time the American football quarterback was playing for the Cleveland Browns.
A few years after dating, the pair eventually exchanged marriage vows on June 22, 1990. The marital union of Babette and Bernie Kosar was blessed with four amazing children who are now adults. The couple is parents to three girls, Sara Kosar, Rachel Kosar, Rebecca Kosar, and a boy Joseph Kosar. Due to the private nature of the couple, the exact birth date and year of the children remain sketchy.
Babette Ferre Hot One-Third of Bernie Kosar’s Net Worth After Divorce
After a marital relationship spanning 15 years, Babette decided to file for a divorce in the year 2015, citing ‘’increasingly bizarre and erratic behavior and various other addictions’ as the reason for the divorce suit. She further contended that the American Football Quarterback has been recklessly spending money and giving out property to family and friends. Babette also claimed that Bernie Kosar was into drugs and requested the court to order him to undergo a drug test as well as a psychiatric examination.
The divorce was anything but beautiful and smooth as the American Football Quarterback rejected the accusations brought before the court with the hope that the marriage could be saved. The divorce was eventually settled in 2007 as Babette walked away with $3 million in a divorce settlement.
The settlement of about $3 million accounted for about one-third of Bernie Kosar’s total NFL salary. Wise men say all his fair in love and war. Babette must have taken this too seriously as she later sold their former Ohio home for $2.4 million and walked away with almost all of the American Football quarterback’s sports memorabilia.
Her ex-husband is Suffering from the Effects of Multiple Concussions he Sustained During his Career
Initially, all seemed to be well with the former Football Quarterback after the divorce as he found love again with a businesswoman named Tami Longaberger. The pair dated for four years, from 2009 to 2013. After his relationship with Tami, Bernie reportedly began dating an entrepreneur and former hairstylist, Anna Tomaro, in 2014.
While Bernie’s love life might have gone on just fine even with the divorce, the same cannot be said of his financial affairs. Two years after the divorce proceeding was finalized in 2009, Bernie and his businesses declared bankruptcy when they listed $9.2 million in assets and $19.5 million in debt. In July 2010, it was reported that Bernie lost his property because of unpaid taxes.
Apart from financial issues, the Former Football Quarterback is suffering from lingering health issues which is the effect of the concussion he sustained during his time on the football court. According to the report, he has trouble standing up from a low chair, and the right elbow surgery he underwent back in 2010 has limited the movement of his right arm. Bernie also suffers from insomnia, ringing in his head, and slurred speech.
Babette Ferre has Earned National Recognition for her Humanitarian Activities
Babette Ferre is an experienced philanthropist with more than 25 years of fundraising experience and knowledge of the latest cancer trends and treatments. Over the course of her humanitarian services, she has partnered with several non-profit organizations to raise funds and resources to assist cancer patients.
From serving as an executive director of the I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation, which raises awareness and funds for targeted and less toxic cures and treatments for pediatric cancer, to volunteering and supporting the Memorial and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation and then serving as a board member of the foundation to eventually serving as the director of development at Memorial Cancer Institute, Memorial, and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, Babette has actively influenced the lives of many cancer patients as well as survivors.
She is the founder of Diamond Angels, a volunteer organization that raised funds for Joe DiMaggio Children’s hospital. The Memorial Foundation, where she serves as a director ‘’raises funds philanthropically to assist patients and families and to underwrite the cost of programs, facilities, and equipment within the Memorial Healthcare System’’. The Memorial Cancer institute is one of the largest cancer centers in Florida, and it treats more than 4,300 new patients every year.
Apart from working at Memorial Cancer Research, Babette has served in a leadership position at other charity foundations, including the Bellflower Center for abused women in Cleveland, the 1000+ Club Against Cancer as well as the Royal Dames of Cancer Research. She also served as a development director of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Broward County for three years and was a Guardian Ad Litem in the Dependency Court System. Throughout the years, Babette has continued to gain recognition for her humanitarian fervor and has won individual awards, which include;
- Outstanding Academic Achievement awarded by Florida International University
- The Valor Award for Community Service
- Woman of Style and Substance
- Champion for Children awarded by NSU
- Woman of the Year
- Mother of the Year
- 100 of Broward’s Outstanding Women
- Community Champion
- Woman of Distinction, March of Dimes