A huge thank you to everyone who joined us at Cheers to Mentoring! What an amazing night and incredible turnout!
Over 150 people were on hand at the Liberty Hotel to see Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker receive the Founders’ Award in recognition of her commitment to helping children, particularly those engaged with the Wonderfund through the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a $20,000 ALKU Scholarship to Garshae Mowatt-Mckenzie, a senior at Boston Community Leadership Academy. Garshae was matched with her mentor, Rachel Weidenfeld, a Big Sister volunteering with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, when she was in fourth grade. Garshae gave a very moving speech about the difference her mentor has made in her life and gave the audience a preview of how the scholarship will put her on the path to achieving great things in the future. Garshae plans to attend a four-year college next fall.
This is the fifth year in a row that ALKU, a highly specialized consulting company headquartered in Andover, and Mass Mentoring Partnership have awarded this educational scholarship to a talented, qualified student who has benefitted from a positive mentoring experience with an adult. Garshae was chosen from among 80+ applicants for this competitive scholarship.
Proceeds from Cheers to Mentoring support Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) which is committed to ensuring that every young person in the state has access to quality mentoring relationships, regardless of who they are or where they live. MMP is a statewide capacity-building organization that partners with corporate, public and philanthropic entities to drive critical resources to a network of more than 370 mentoring and youth-serving organizations, representing more than 50,000 young people from Boston to Pittsfield.