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Inspirational dinner held for girls

Pictured are the young ladies who attended the ASW Foundation inspirational dinner.

Earlier this month Aaliyah Stewart held an inspirational dinner for girls ages 12 to 17 in Gary. A total of 41 girls attended this event. The purpose of the event is not only to inspire, encourage and motivate young ladies but to empower young ladies going through a rough time.

This event was presented by the ASW Foundation. Stewart started this nonprofit after her freshman year of high school in honor of her brothers Anthony White Jr. and James Anderson who were killed due to gun violence. The foundation (Hope for the Lost) was started in December 2014. The foundation first awarded scholarships to students who had to meet certain requirements.

 The ASW Foundation is dedicated to giving back to the community from scholarships to community service  —helping is the main goal. This event was called "Laying My Legacy," which focused on helping young ladies receive and understand their true purpose and meaning in life. Along with having a keynote speaker Chanell Hale, there was also a panel discussion with Aaliyah Stewart (ASW Foundation/founder) Dymeata Burum (Bbold organization/founder) Kashay Watson (BellaBreed. Organization/founder).

Many felt that this event was life-changing and made them want to strive for excellence.

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