Dawnmarie Salmons, Music Director at the Edgerley Family South Boston Club was named a winner of the 2017 Light of Dawnn Award!
Now in its third year, the Light of Dawnn Awards were created to honor the life of Dawnn Ashley Jaffier, a victim of gun violence, who was tragically killed on her way to a neighborhood celebration. Though only 26 years old, Dawnn had begun a promising career in Boston’s non-profit community, holding direct service positions at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, the West End House, Playworks and City Year. She understood firsthand the important role nonprofit organizations play within a community and created a life devoted to giving back for all she had been given. To honor Dawnn, and all victims of senseless acts of violence, the Highland Street Foundation, community leaders, and Dawnn’s colleagues, peers and family, created the Light of Dawnn Awards. These awards celebrate individuals working in the nonprofit sector who demonstrate the spirit that is Dawnn’s legacy.
2017 Light of Dawnn Award winners:
Dawnmarie Salmons, Boys &Girls Clubs of Boston, Edgerley Family South Boston Club
Juan Manuel Cantu, Jr., Hyde Square Task Force
Tha Thai, Roca, Inc.
Recipients of the 2017 Light of Dawnn Scholarship:
Justina Riopelle, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Sominisha Wright, Beacon Academy
Noor Al-saad, Project 351