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Gala to benefit Sylvia & Herbert Woods Endowment Scholarship Fund

Cyril Josh Barker | 10/24/2013, 5:31 p.m.

The Sylvia & Herbert Woods Scholarship Fund marked its 12th anniversary by awarding eight college-bound students with scholarships at its annual gala on Oct. 5. The event is also recognized Dress for Success Worldwide CEO Joi Gordon and Melba Wilson, owner of Melba’s Restaurant.

The gala was the first one held since the passing of Sylvia Woods in 2012 and brought together scholars and donors at the Riverside Church’s South Hall ballroom. This year’s recipients are Lilibeth Herrera (SUNY Canton), Brayan Medera (City College), Samantha Santos (Lehman College), Dayna Dacon (St. John’s University), Aly Kaba (University of Bridgeport), Aaron Martindale (Hostos Community College), Kimberly Koop (Long Island University) and Fatoumata Seck (Bronx Community College).

Tony Award-nominated actor, director and choreographer Maurice Hines was the guest host of the evening. All of the profits from the gala will go toward assisting future scholars from Harlem and throughout the tristate area.