04/17/2024
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A Staff Report

Elizabethtown, NC – In a momentous stride towards remembering a treasured community member, the Sayaun Dent Memorial Foundation proudly announces its newly acquired 501c3 nonprofit status. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has officially recognized the foundation as a charitable organization, a testament to its dedication to serving the community.

Dr. Crystal Rogers, President, and Founder of the Sayaun Dent Memorial Foundation expressed heartfelt gratitude, saying, “I am deeply thankful for the unwavering commitment of our Board of Directors, the invaluable support of our donors, and the steadfast backing of our community. Together, we honor Sayaun’s legacy of academic excellence, athletic achievement, and love.”

The foundation, established to commemorate the life of Sayaun Dent, a shining example of excellence in academics and athletics, is now poised to continue making a meaningful impact even after his untimely death. Dr. Rogers affirmed, “The future of the foundation is bright, and we are fully prepared to advance our mission in service of our communities, The Say Way!”

Immediate priorities for the foundation include:

  • Expanding sponsorship opportunities.
  • Gearing up for the 2024 academic and athletic scholarship programs.
  • Introducing a hardship assistance initiative.

This initiative aims to provide support to single-parent families in the community facing financial challenges.

Annie L. Walker, Vice President/Secretary of the Sayaun Dent Memorial Foundation, extended gratitude to the community, saying, “Thank you for your continued support as we strive to make a positive impact in the lives of those we serve.” She encourages everyone to stay informed about the foundation’s progress and upcoming developments by following them on Facebook and visiting their website at SayaunDentMemorial.org.

As the Sayaun Dent Memorial Foundation embarks on this new chapter with nonprofit status, it reinforces its commitment to upholding Sayaun’s legacy and positively shaping the lives of individuals in Bladen and surrounding counties.

Read the announcement letter below:

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