Celebrating 50 Years and Beyond
|Nancy J. Lucas Award winner Skylar H. Sims (Ben Franklin Academy, 2013) meeting Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (Milton Academy, 1974) while Program Manager for the Northwest Region Prasant Nukalapati looks on
|The 2013 Judith Berry Griffin Award winner Felicitas L. Reyes (Andover, 2013)
The 50th Anniversary A Better Chance Awards Dinner was unparalleled! Held on June 11 at Pier Sixty in New York City, this year we recognized our first 16 Member Schools, top Scholars, and two extraordinary community leaders — Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA-CREF, and Theo Killion (Hill School, 1970), Chief Executive Officer of Zale Corporation. CNBC correspondent Bertha Coombs (Milton Academy, 1980) returned in her role as host.
The evening was attended by luminaries like Governor Deval Patrick (Milton Academy 1974) and actor Hill Harper. Oprah Winfrey, A Better Chance’s national spokesperson, and Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, appeared in videos that aired during the evening, personally recognizing A Better Chance’s 50th anniversary.
“A Better Chance is one of my favorites, because you are literally changing the trajectory of young lives and giving them a chance they would otherwise never have seen,” said Ms. Winfrey. Mr. Duncan, in his video, congratulated A Better Chance on “helping to fulfill President Obama’s goal for education.”
As always, our Scholars were the evening’s biggest stars. Judith Berry Griffin (former A Better Chance President, 1982-2003) presented her namesake award to Felicitas L. Reyes (Andover, 2013), who will attend USC as a Presidential Scholar this fall. Skylar H. Sims (Ben Franklin Academy, 2013) received the Nancy J. Lucas Award. Skylar will attend Bard College as a 2013 Gates Millennium Scholar.
During the evening, A Better Chance’s first program director, Charles Dey, presented Legacy Awards to our first 16 Member Schools. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. was presented with the 2013 Chairman's Award, and A Better Chance Alumnus, Theo Killion (Hill School,
1970) received the 2013 DreamBuilder Award.
The evening ended with remarks by A Better Chance National Board of Directors Chair Ron Pressman. He emphasized our nation’s critical need for diverse leadership, and described A Better Chance’s future plans to expand its outreach. Read more about A Better Chance's plans for expansion here.
To learn more about the event, and to watch Secretary Duncan’s video message, visit:
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