The Few Initiative Foundation celebrated their first fundraiser to recognize Chicago area students and award them with scholarships. The private event was held at the Gold Coast Perillo Rolls Royce showroom. The Few Initiative for Children is a 501 (c)(3) foundation charity founded by notable plastic surgeon, Dr. Julius Few of the Few Institute who started the organization in 2013.

Surrounded by family, friends and supporters—the event helped raised monies and donated $2,500 to each student recipient in the Common Ground Foundation. A non profit organization founded by Grammy/Oscar songwriter and artist, Common along with his mother – retired principal and educator, Dr. Mahalia Hines. The event was hosted by Fox 32 anchorwoman, Darlene Hill and attracted an intimate group of tastemakers and check writers.

Over the years, Dr. Few would come up with creative ideas on how to improve young people’s lives, so he was first encouraged to start the Few Initiative by his esthetician and now board member, Diane Cordon.

When I was young, unfortunately I had a number of teachers who were not supportive. They had said, ‘You know you may not amount to very much but don’t feel bad about it.’ I started to believe them.” he said. “I was blessed to have a mother and father who said, ‘You can go on to be the president, a lawyer or a doctor. All you have to do is apply yourself. We’re here to support you.’ That made the difference for me.”

Queensha McKinney, one of the four scholarship recipients was grateful at the opportunity through Common Ground Foundation. She was encouraged by her school principal to apply for entry into CGF and was shocked that she was accepted. Since then she has been in the organization since 8th grade and will be entering her senior year in high school. In the fall.

It’s amazing because Im stuck between Yale and Georgetown and I know that I’m going to need the tuition so this money will help me a lot.” she said.

DeShaun Blake, a senior at Kenwood Academy High School was grateful for the opportunity to receive the scholarship from the Few Initiative and is focused on applying at Morehouse College to major in finance. Without being a part of Common Ground Foundation, he would not have an opportunity to apply for the Few Initiative scholarship program.

He explains, “I heard about it through Common Ground Foundation. Dr. Mahalia Hines told us about it and then we interviewed with Dr. Few later on. She really drives us to be passionate about whatever we want to do and push us to achieve great things.”

Dr. Few and Dr. Mahilia Hines share the same philosophy of assisting and mentoring students to pursue a college education with the necessary tools needed to achieve this goal.

If a young bright person doesn’t get the kind of re-enforcement that I got as a kid, they may or may not be able to be successful. It’s not their fault. I don’t believe there is a single kid that is born bad. I think that there are kids that gravitate where they feel they belong. If we can help through the Few initiative for Children develop a way that good kids that have a vision can help other good kids that want to do better for themselves, then we’ve done something incredible.” said Dr. Few.

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