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First Annual Scholarship Gala

July 6, 2017

Women of the Dream (WOD) sponsored its first Annual Scholarship Gala on June 9, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Close to 150 people were in attendance, including 20 WOD middle-school girls representing four middle schools in Camden.  WOD provided scholarships to four college-bound girls at three high schools in Camden, and one a rising junior at Simmons College in Boston.  Scholarships were provided by Campbell Soup Company, New Jersey Education Association, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey,  Horizon NJ Health, and Camden City School District.
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L-R, Nasyria “Nas” Taylor (Simmons College), Adelina Hernandez, Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy (Caldwell University), Natalia Castelan, Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School (Farleigh Dickinson University), Naima Hazzard, Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy (Rutgers University), and Leslie Morris, Founder & CEO, WOD. Missing is Iyonna Herbert, Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy, who was in Holland at the time participating in an international jazz program with her school’s band. Iyonna is attending Snow College in Utah.

Master of Ceremonies, Larry Odoms


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Welcome by Founder and CEO, Leslie Morris


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Words of Affirmation by the Young Ladies from Women of the Dream


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Keynote Speaker, Cherri Gregg


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Assemblyman, Arthur Barclay


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Scholarship Recipients


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Campbell Soup Company Scholarship Presentation by Denise Morrison, President & CEO, Campbell’s


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New Jersey Education Assoc. | Camden Education Assoc. Scholarship Presentation by Marie Blistan, VP, NJEA


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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Scholarship Presentation by Judy Goudy, Program Officer, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey


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Mayor’s Scholarship Presentation by The Honorable Dana Redd, Mayor, City of Camden


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Camden City School District Scholarship Presentation


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Gwen Ifill Scholarship Presentation by Helen Drinan, President, Simmons College


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