An event benefiting the Jaelah Yannis Jenkins Educational Opportunity Fund (EOP) has raised more than $4,000.
Held on Veterans Day at the Silverthorne Mansion, the fundraiser was hosted by Rock Doyle, associate director of Weigel Health Center, and Dr. Andrew Covey. Special guests Andrew Dan-Jumbo, from TLC’s While You Were Out, and vocalist Drea D’Nur, acted as emcee and musical entertainment respectively.
“[The event was] heartfelt, personal, and helped me to feel at home at Buffalo State," said EOP first-year student Zhanna Reed.
In observance of the holiday, Mayor Byron Brown, '83, presented keys to the city to Second Lieutenant David N. Camp (pictured left), ’14, currently a criminal justice graduate student, and Technical Sergeant Joanna Blackburn for their service. Pins representing the U.S. flag were created by the Student Philanthropy Council and distributed to guests.
EOP provides access and opportunity, academic support, and supplemental financial assistance to make higher education possible for students who have the potential to succeed despite poor preparation and limited financial resources.
Named in honor of the late daughter of EOP Director Yanick Jenkins, Jaelah, the fund provides support for students, program activities, and other expenses that enhance and supplement EOP resources. Contributions are still be accepted.