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Lorenzo Hall, CEO, Street Rootz Entertainment: “We are happy to partner with community-based non- profits and organizations on events that do community-building such as this special Back to School Supply Giveaway.”
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Lorenzo Hall, above, CEO of Street Rootz Entertainment has lent his support to St. Joseph’s school supply drive for Brooklyn high school students.

St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that it will once again partner with the Brooklyn YWCA, national sorority Sigma Gamma Rho and Street Rootz Entertainment to gather and distribute school supplies to families served by the Brooklyn YWCA at 30 3rd Avenue on Thursday August 29 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Every year, we partner with YWCA Brooklyn and Sigma Gamma Rho to ensure that students in our community begin the school year with what they need to thrive in the classroom,” said SJC President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D. We’re proud to partner with these great organizations to make a meaningful impact in serving our community and supporting its scholars as they work towards their dreams.”

“The foundation of empowerment is education; the College Access Program at YWCA Brooklyn exposes young women to the myriad of opportunities that exist with a college degree,” said Martha Kamber, chief executive officer and president of YWCA Brooklyn. From its roots in the generosity of our residents to our annual partnership with St. Joseph’s College and Sigma Gamma Rho/Seven Roses Foundation, we are all dedicated to ensuring that our scholars begin this school year poised for success.”

In 1996 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. established Operation Big Book Bag, a nationwide school supply drive, in order to provide access to the tools and mentorship that school age children need to thrive,” said Kim O’Neale, president of the Eta Nu Sigma’s Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. “Our chapter is excited to collaborate with the YWCA of Brooklyn, St. Joseph’s College and the Seven Roses Legacy Foundation for our third annual Big Book Bag event, which provides 100 local students with bookbags and supplies for the upcoming school year.”

While we specialize in managing talent and creating long-term partnerships, nothing we do is more important than giving someone all the tools they need in order to develop to be their best selves,” said Lorenzo Hall, CEO, Street Rootz Entertainment.We are happy to partner with community-based non- profits and organizations on events that do community-building such as this special Back to School Supply Giveaway.”

At the distribution event, to be held at the Brooklyn YWCA, dinner will be served and entertainment will be provided by the Young Women’s Justice League stepteam. Families will have the opportunity to make backpacks for their children with the supplies generously provided by the residents of the YWCA, many of whom were formerly homeless, and the partnering organizations.

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service.

YWCA Brooklyn is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The YWCA’s housing, advocacy and community programs support women as they rebuild their lives, heal from past traumas and look forward to a brighter future. YWCA Brooklyn is the largest provider of safe, affordable housing in the downtown Brooklyn area, with 299 units for low income and homeless women. YWCA provides college access and career opportunities for undeserved low-income girls of color to advance their economic status. 100% of our participants have been accepted to top universities and all have received financial aid and scholarships. Our Social Justice Community Center has become a hub in downtown Brooklyn for non-profits committed to public service and justice initiatives.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is a leading international, non-profit community service organization that continues to grow through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service. The sorority has over 500 chapters in the United States, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, Germany and Korea. The sorority has been dedicated to service in communities around the world for nearly 100 years. Each local chapter deploys programs aimed to better the communities in which its members live. For Eta Nu Sigma chapter, many of these programs are funded in large part by the chapter’s charitable arm, Seven Roses Legacy Foundation. Eta Nu Sigma has over 100 active members working to enhance the quality of life for their families, friends and neighbors. They are committed to the organization’s slogan of “Greater Service, Greater Progress.” For more information on the activities of the Eta Nu Sigma, Brooklyn/Queens Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., please visit

Seven Roses Legacy Foundation was founded in 2005, the mission of the Foundation is to serve the Brooklyn and Queens communities of New York City by empowering youth to expand their cultural and social horizons, improve their financial literacy, and pursue higher education opportunities. All programming endeavors are geared towards supporting the mission, providing resources to assist the educational and personal development of young people and increasing the positive impact each volunteer has within the community. For more information on Seven Roses Legacy Foundation (SRLF) please visit

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