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Hord awards ceremony Friday

By Sharieka Breeden
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

DANBURY -- The Hord Foundation will host its annual awards ceremony Friday in Western Connecticut State University's Westside Campus Center.

The free event, which is open to the public, acknowledges the hard work of high school graduates and college students pursuing higher education.

The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony at 7.

This year's scholarships are the highest total the foundation has given out, $254,000 to 93 people. They will be presented by a group of previous Hord scholars.

"We anticipate around 300 people, including recipients, family, friends and the contributors," said Samuel Hyman, former chair of the foundation.  \

The keynote speaker will be Ted Childs Jr., a diversity executive and a former vice president of IBM.

Christine Creighton, 25, of Danbury, a former Hord scholar, will present the Creighton Award, one of several community awards.

Creighton received her bachelor's degree in education from Temple University in 2004 and a master's degree in speech language pathology from Temple in 2007. She wanted to give back to the foundation that supported her, so she created a scholarship.

"My parents always instilled the importance of being active to me, and not only the importance of being active, but giving back as well," she said.

"When I was an undergraduate, I received the Hord Scholarship multiple times," Creighton said. "With the financial burdens that undergraduates face, I am thankful that such a great organization can contribute."

Creighton is just one of many Hord success stories, according to Ann Dupree.

"We can see that many of the scholars are successful. Some become doctors, lawyers, or get involved in the education field. There is a lot of diversity in terms of the professions, and they are doing fantastic things," she said.

The foundation has contributed more than $3 million to area students since 1993.

The program Friday night will start with a welcome from Bernard McFadden, chairman of the foundation. Tanisha Jamison will be mistress of ceremonies, and the Rev. Dionne Boissiere of New Hope Baptist Church will give the invocation.

The program will end with the Hord Foundation Overall Excellence Award, comments from foundation founder Noel E. Hord, and a benediction.

Contact Sharieka Breeden at (203) 731-3411
Copyright, 2008, The News-Times (Danbury, CT)

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