Forty-four Thousand Thanks!

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On June 7th, we were thrilled to welcome nearly 300 guests to our 2017 Scholar Celebration and 20th Anniversary Gala. We honored longtime board member Geraldine Golub with the 2017 Founders’ Award.

Geraldine Golub, center with mentees Vashnie (left) and Pamela (right)

Geraldine Golub, center with mentees Vashnie (left) and Pamela (right)

Our guests heard from ABC “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang who delivered an impassioned keynote address about the importance of finding purpose and community in addition to seeking success.

We were delighted to have Ms. Chang as our keynote speaker as she and her family have been long-standing supporters of our Scholars and our program. We also heard from our 29 college-bound Scholars. It was a wonderful evening!

29 College-bound Scholars with their new State Bags backpacks

29 College-bound Scholars with their new State Bags backpacks

We are deeply grateful to the donors and underwriters who made contributions to the event and our program. Thanks to an enormous outpouring of generosity, we raised over $44,000, nearly double what we raised at last year's event!

The funds will assist us in our goals of: enhancing academic support and college preparation activities; expanding our volunteer mentoring program; and, developing new measures to improve our Scholars' college graduation rates.