New Jersey Professional Network presented The First Inaugural Young Professionals Gala on September 30th, 2017 at the Robert Treat Hotel. Hosted by Ayana Iman and Zo Brown, the black tie affair celebrated NJ’s local leaders making strides in our community. The gala was an evening of elegance filled with fine dining, live entertainment, an address from our keynote speaker, Taneshia Nash Laird, as well as presenting The Bridgette Okafor Memorial Scholarship.
In honor of the late Bridgette Okafor, New Jersey Professional Network partnered with The Levo Foundation to establish The Bridgette Okafor Memorial Scholarship. As a teacher, Bridgette Okafor inspired the lives of countless students to excel and further their education for over 17 years. In remembrance of her devotion to molding young minds, NJPN provided school supplies to the primary schools of Bridgette Okafor's hometown in Nsukka, Nigeria, in addition to presenting The Bridgette Okafor Memorial Scholarship at the 2017 Young Professionals Gala.
The Bridgette Okafor Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Niara Rowe towards her college education at Rowan University. The scholarship was presented by Bridgette Okafor's sons, Emeka Okafor and Obinna Okafor.