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Cresskill Resident Receives The Community Chest’s Women’s Leadership Award

June 15, 2018 , Luhrs & Associates


Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, Executive Director of The Community Chest, presents Michelle Yu the second place Women’s Leadership Scholarship award.

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; June 14, 2018) — The Community Chest announces Michelle Yu of Cresskill, New Jersey received the second place Women’s Leadership scholarship award.  Yu, a senior attending Cresskill High School in Cresskill, New Jersey, was presented the scholarship of $1,000 at The Chest’s first Women’s Leadership Luncheon.

            “We were very impressed with the caliber of the applicants, who applied for this scholarship.  Each demonstrated exceptional talents and a commitment to social causes.  We were very excited to select Michelle Yu as the second place recipient and look forward to continuing this new tradition of awarding a women’s leadership scholarship in the name of Elizabeth Cutter Morrow and other esteemed women,” said Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, Executive Director, The Community Chest.

            Yu is an accomplished videographer, musician, and writer.  In 2017, she was the Merit Winner in the 2017 National YoungArts Foundation for her documentary, China’s Forgotten Children.  Her winning documentary looked at orphanages in China and what happens to children, who after they turn 14, are not eligible for adoption and remain under government care until they reach age 18.

            Among her activities, she serves as editor of the high school newspaper and is a member of the tennis team.  In the fall, Yu plans to enroll at Syracuse University in New York.

            Earlier this year, The Community Chest announced the availability of a women’s leadership scholarship for graduating high school seniors from eastern Bergen County schools.  Applicants needed to show strong leadership qualities in activities undertaken during their high school years.  Nineteen young women submitted applications for this honor and two were selected to receive scholarship awards.

About The Community Chest

            Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 85 years.  The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County.  Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens.  The organization also provides coordinating and planning services in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network.

            For further information about The Chest, visit www.communitychestofenglewood.org or contact (201) 568-7474.  Stay updated about the organization’s activities on Facebook and Twitter.

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