Samuel L. Jackson Honored At Children’s Defense Fund Gala

February 18, 2016

samuel-jacksonOn Monday, February 29, the Children’s Defense Fund-New York (CDF-NY) will host its annual Beat the Odds® Gala—an event that celebrates local students.

These local students have overcome exceptional adversities along their path to success—at The Pierre 2 East 61st Street between Fifth & Madison Avenues in New York City.In addition to recognizing five Beat the Odds® scholars, the event will also honor renowned stage and screen actors LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson, and business leader Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO of TIAA-CREF, for their longstanding commitment to CDF’s Leave No Child Behind® mission.

This year’s Beat the Odds® scholars include Aesron Jeremiah, 17, (William Maxwell High School in Brownsville), Elham Chowdhury, 17,  (Bronx High School of Science in Norwood), Ruben Suazo, 17, (Leadership and Public Service High School in East Flatbush), Sashagale Moore, 18, (Queens Preparatory  Academy in Jamaica), andShirleyka Hector, 17, (International High School at Lafayette in Canarsie).

Children’s Defense Fund- New York proudly acknowledges sponsors of its 2016 Beat the Odds® Gala, including: American Express;JP Morgan Securities; Time Warner, Inc.; and Viacom/ BET .

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