2018 Gift Of The Heart – Gateway High School
The law firm of Hoffman DiMuzio has allocated close to half a million dollars to its Gift of the Heart Community Scholarship Foundation. Forty-nine graduating seniors from Gloucester, Cumberland, and Salem County High Schools have been selected to receive a one thousand dollar scholarship for embodying the service ideals of the program. This week, the 2018 Gift of the Heart Hoffman DiMuzio Community Service Foundation recipients are from Gateway High School: Emily Owens and Hunter Frombach.
Throughout her high school career, Emily Owens has had countless opportunities to support her community. She points to her membership in the National Honor Society as having played an integral role in providing a great avenue to engage in service.
Projects through NHS have varied. Recently, Emily ran a craft activity at the Wenonah Harvest Fair, helping kids to create pumpkin art. Other events include a fundraiser for aid to Puerto Rico and a run to collect donations for the Ronald McDonald house. Emily explains that for every event she has participated in, she has garnered benefit from the feeling of having had positive impact.
At her dance studio, Emily finds similar joy in performing. Recently, she combined these two worlds in a show fundraiser through Dance for Life. The proceeds went to a student dealing with a heart condition that hinders her ability to dance. Through a performance of The Lion King, Emily alongside her peers helped to raise over $12,000. In addition to her volunteer work, she is also a longstanding member of both Tennis team and Spring musical. Great work Emily!
Over the course of his childhood, Hunter Frombach believes he was significantly impacted by the example of service set by his grandfather, who served in both the navy and army. His grandfather, Hunter explains, “is why service to others is so important to me.”
The Key Club has provided an excellent means for him to help with community projects. Since joining, Hunter has participated in events such as a road cleanup in Deptford Township and a park cleanup at Red Bank Battlefield. Additionally, he has helped to set up and organize several events as well. Hunter helped to distribute promotional materials for the Dodge Out Hunger Charity Tournament, a dodgeball tournament to raise money for the South Jersey Dream Center. With the Wenonah Lake Association, he worked on developing part of a haunted trail, and returned to volunteer as an actor.
One event that Hunter is particularly proud of is a cheesecake drive to raise money for victims of Hurricane Maria. With NHS, he reached out to Summit Cakery, a local business, in order to develop a partnership. Hunter notes, “this marks the first time I organized my own successful community service project, something I look forward to continue to do for the rest of my senior year, and beyond.” Your service is appreciated, Hunter!
Sincere congratulations are extended to Gateway High School students Emily Owens and Hunter Frombach, as well as to their proud parents, family and friends! Next week, the featured Gift of the Heart recipients will be from Glassboro high school.
Click here to read more about the Hoffman DiMuzio Gift Of The Heart Scholarship Foundation.
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