July 16, 2020 (Lawnside, New Jersey) — The Lawnside Scholarship Club planned to celebrate its 75th anniversary with a gala banquet and Salute to Graduating High School Seniors in May. Those plans dissolved in the grip of the coronavirus.
With hosting by the NAACP Camden County East Youth Council, the Club members will honor scholarship recipients with a virtual event to be streamed on Facebook Live July 25 at 6 p.m. Twenty seniors will receive scholarships from the Club and community organizations for achieving the highest averages, their career plans, volunteerism and for their athletic talents. More than $15,000 will be awarded. The first scholarship for $50 was presented in 1945.
The major attraction will go on virtually with a special address from Lawnside native Ray Fisher, a stage and screen actor who shot to fame for his portrayal of Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, in the Warner Bros. films Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
Fisher is a graduate of Haddon Heights High School and has appeared as Muhammad Ali in the Off-Broadway production of Will Power’s “Fetch Clay, Make Man.” Although best known for his role as Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League,” Fisher can be seen most recently as Detective Henry Hays in the third season of HBO’s “True Detective” alongside Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali.
“This is a special year with added significance because of all we are going through. It’s more important than ever to show our young people how much we value them,” said Sharon Whitaker, president of the Club. “We especially appreciate the NAACP Camden County East Youth Council and their adviser for helping us host our first virtual event.”
In hopes the pandemic will be over by next spring, the Gala Celebration is planned for May 29 at Paris Caterers, 281 Cross Keys Road, Berlin, New Jersey. Tickets will be $75 for adults and $35 for youth, 12 and under.