PHILADELPHIA – A South Jersey liver transplant survivor has been awarded a $2,500 college scholarship through The Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Fund, in partnership with Gift of Life Donor Program.
Danielle Hess of Voorhees, an Eastern Regional High School graduate, will attend Arizona State University. She was one of four local liver transplant recipients to receive scholarships through the fund.
The scholarship program for college-bound pediatric transplant recipients was created in memory of Jessica Beth Schwartz, who received a heart transplant when she was 14. She died at age 23 during her senior year at Temple University, where she was studying journalism. Since 2002, the fund has awarded more than $100,000 to 45 local high school graduates.
Jessie’s Day, the 14th annual fundraiser to support the scholarship fund, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. The event includes museum entry, a silent auction, drinks in the beer garden, food and live entertainment. Freestyle graffiti artist Alloyius McIlwaine will create an original piece of artwork for auction.
Tickets range from $30 for college students with ID to $55 for adults. For information, visit www.jessiesday.org
Kim Mulford: (856) 486-2448; firstname.lastname@example.org