“The way we gauge the success of this event is by the amount of smiles we see at the tables,” Dr. Randy Ireson, the Executive Director of the Glen Mills Schools, said. With smiles as the criteria, the 5th annual Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Glen Mills Schools was indeed a rousing success.
Sixty four students and over 100 of their special guests enjoyed the May 12th event. Glen Mills students and their mothers, grandmothers, and aunts were invited to enjoy the special day. Each guest received a flower, a commemorative mug, and the opportunity to have a professional quality photo taken of their group to help celebrate the occasion.
Special guest speaker Kesha Fitzhugh, the proud mother of campus Bulls Club President Corde Fitzhugh, was honored to speak to the audience.
“You have given me my baby back,” she said. “When I first knew that Corde was coming to Glen Mills, I was excited about his opportunity but I was apprehensive as well. But one thing I’ve seen from everyone at Glen Mills is that they care about Corde…From that first day, they have worked to pull all of Corde’s talents and potential out of him.”
Proud Glen Mills alum Killraine Dean, his wife Taryn, and his former probation officer Jill Collier, were also special guests. Dean dedicated his speech to his recently passed grandmother as he and his wife are excitedly expecting the birth of their first child. Dean was happy to wish her and the other mothers in the audience a Happy Mother’s Day. He also had a special announcement.
The former Battling Bull, who is now a Vice President with French international banking group BNP Parabis, announcd that he will implement a college scholarship in his name for a Glen Mills student.
“Glen Mills was the start of my transformation,” Dean said. “Opportunity is one word that sums up Glen Mills and I want to help provide that.”