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Thurgood Marshall Academy Selected as First Beneficiary of Lem Wills Foundation

April 26, 2013

Thurgood Marshall Academy Selected as First Beneficiary of Lem Wills Foundation

The Lem Wills Foundation awarded Thurgood Marshall Academy with a $2,000 grant to support students who are interested in the fine and performing arts. Sharon Boesen, Executive Director of the Lem Wills Foundation presented the grant check to Juliet Kline, Development Manager of Thurgood Marshall Academy on April 26, 2013 in DC Councilmember Tommy Wells’ office in the Wilson Building.

The mission of the Lem Wills Foundation is to provide opportunity enhancing resources for economically disadvantaged District of Columbia Public School students interested in the performing and fine arts and to emphasize the value of these activities to themselves, their schools and their communities.

Presently, the Foundation intends to initially work closely with the Thurgood Marshall Academy. In the future, the Foundation plans to expand its activities to other District high schools and middle schools. Lem Wills was an outgoing African-American who began a successful and long-term modeling and acting career at the age of 50. Lem’s love of the arts and his lifelong work to express himself through performance and music inspired the creation the Lem Wills Foundation. Lem’s love of life was never more clearly on display than when he was performing, whether for family and friends or an audience of thousands on TV.

The Lem Wills Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization based on Capitol Hill in the District of Columbia.