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At Least 170 People Attend Senator Blyden’s 5th Annual Scholarship Breakfast

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — At least 170 people filled Victor’s New Hideout on Saturday morning for Senator Marvin Blyden’s 5th Annual V.I. Women United to Empower Scholarship Breakfast.

The Senator explained that this year’s honorees, Sara W. Connell, Ramona A. Patino Diaz, Senator Judy M. Gomez and Rosalia Rhymer-Rohan, were selected because of their selfless dedication and commitment to their community. The first female senator-at-large, Cleone H. Creque, was also selected as the honorary woman of distinction. 

“These women are all phenomenal,” Senator Blyden said. “Everyday, they positively impact our community and I am humbled that they accepted my invitation to not only be recognized as an honoree, but assist my team and I raise funds for our students.”

Since the creation of this scholarship, Senator Blyden has raised over $35,000 for the territory’s youth.

Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will be used to fund ten $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors in the St. Thomas/St. John District who will attend a college, university, or vocational school in Fall 2019. All contributions will be managed and disbursed through the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. 

“With the assistance and guidance of the community that raised me, I am proud of all that I have accomplished in shaping the lives of graduates as they are poised to make significant contributions to our territory and the world,” Blyden said. “I aspire to create even more opportunities for our students in the future.”

Sponsors of the event included IMPACT Cares (gold sponsor), AT&T (silver sponsor), the Virgin Islands Board of Education (bronze sponsor), among many other individuals, businesses and organizations. 

Click here to view the commemorative booklet, and visit Senator Blyden’s Facebook page for more photos from today’s event. 

St. Thomas Senator Marvin Blyden speaking at Saturday’s event.
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