The annual June reception has always been an important culmination of The Susan Fund Scholarship awards process. It has been a time for families to get together and celebrate the achievements of the recipients. It creates a space in which all of them can connect. For the Board members, it is the highlight of our work. This year, because of COVID-19, it could not be held.
As a tribute to our resilience and creativity, The Susan Fund 2020 video was created. It included each applicant’s town and school. Many of the recipients sent in short videos featuring their families. The program began with an introduction by Susan’s brother, David Lloyd, who shared precious memories of his sister. The awards video was narrated by the Board’s official photographer, Kathy DiGiovanna. As she has done in the past, she talked about each recipient. She stated, “I wanted to define who they are and why they were awarded Susan Fund scholarships.”
The Board wants to thank Kaeleigh Pollard, daughter of Board member Kelly Frey Pollard, for coordinating and producing the video. Kelly and Kathy were her assistants. Kaeleigh is now a sophomore in Sacred Heart University’s School of Nursing. She has volunteered at many of The Susan Fund’s events.
As you view the video, we hope you reflect on the amazing qualities each of the recipients possess. We may have started a new tradition, but more importantly we are sharing their stories and honoring their courage.