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Scholarship founded in Joliet woman's honor

A Joliet-based organization focused on helping children is raising money to fund a scholarship named for a local woman who advocated for the welfare of young people.

The Joliet Unity Movement will honor one of its late board members, Loretta Westbrooks, through the scholarship.

Westbrooks was a member of the Safety Alliance for Families Everywhere and was active in advocating for change, especially after the death of Joliet Township toddler Sema’j Crosby. Westbrooks died in January.

“She embodied our mission and adamantly insisted we help young people pursue higher education,” the organization said in a news release.

The Joliet Unity Movement will host its Loretta Westbrooks Scholarship Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Jacob Henry Mansion Victorian Ball Room in Joliet. Tickets now are on sale.

The Joliet Unity Movement works to help and engage Joliet children by distributing school supplies, volunteering and hosting fun activities. Volunteers like Joliet Central High School graduate Janae Johnson, 19, said the organization helped her get involved on her way to college.

She praised the work of the Joliet Unity Movement and its leaders for the impact they’ve had on her.

“They really keep me going,” Johnson said.

The proceeds will go toward the scholarship, which will be awarded in May 2020. For information about tickets and advertisement sponsorship, email JolietUnityMovement@gmail.com or call 815-324-2499.

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