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Tribute to Excellence Fall Dinner raises nearly $40,000 for Youth Villages Mississippi

October 31, 2014
From left: Katja Russell, Youth Villages executive director of Mississippi and Alabama, with Mississippi local board members X, Y and Z.

From left: Katja Russell, Youth Villages executive director of Mississippi and Alabama, with members of Youth Villages’ Mississippi Board, Susan Smith, Stephanie Rippee and Amanda Tollison.

Nearly 200 business and community leaders gathered Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at the Country Club of Jackson for Youth Villages’ 2014 Tribute to Excellence Fall Dinner to raise almost $40,000 in sponsorships and donations for the transitional living program in Mississippi.

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This year’s event, presented by Sanderson Farms, honored Reverends Luther and Janet Ott for their incredible impact on the lives of Mississippi children through their work with Stewpot Community Services and the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson.

Katja Russell, executive director of Youth Villages Mississippi, shared information on the services Youth Villages provides to children and families across the state. Amy Adams, assistant director of programs, spoke about transitional living and the YV Scholars program. She was joined by Renee, a former foster youth, who is currently receiving transitional living services. She became a YV scholar just last year. Renee discussed how meaningful Youth Villages’ programs can be and how the care and love of her YV foster mother, Linda Porter, forever changed her life.

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