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GSF Virtual Gala Honors Executive, Exceeds Fundraising Goal

The Global Scholars Foundation raised more than $100,000 at its Impact for Life gala, in which it also honored a board member.

Honoree Anita Cooke Wells, an RLJ Lodging Trust senior executive and member of the GSF board, was taken by surprise at the recent virtual affair when she was presented with the 2021 Impact for Life Award.

Hosted by Delia Goncalves, anchor and reporter for WUSA-TV (Channel 9), the well-attended event included a video tribute by Wells’ family and close friends.

The world-renowned Step Afrika dance company performed for the Global Scholars Foundation, which Tracey Funn, Washington Gas’ manager of corporate contributions and supplier diversity, commended for developing future leaders who “will shape the world with their talents and contributions.”

“I was inspired to see that GSF leaders realize the importance of preparing students for global engagement with programs that enhance financial literacy, college readiness, language and culture,” Funn said in an hstreetcdc.org-issued press release. “GSF is providing training tools that will greatly benefit students and communities both here and abroad.”

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