Thousand Oaks Resident Presents Award to Time Magazine’s Person of the Year to Raise Funds for Destroyed School in Liberia

Dr. Jerry Brown, part of the “Ebola Fighters” and 2014 Time Person of the Year,received the LOOP award from Denver-based organization, A New Dimension of Hope.

On Saturday, June 3, A New Dimension of Hope awarded Dr. Jerry Brown, medical director of the Eternal Love Winning Africa Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, and Baroness Kimberly Moore, a Beverly Hills based humanitarian, the annual Leaders Overcoming Obstacles to Peace (LOOP) award at Regis University in Denver. The award ceremony, which commemorates those who have persevered through significant adversity in his or her humanitarian efforts, was opened by a speech from local Ventura County resident Anthony Angelini.

Anthony Angelini at Loop Awards

In June 2016, New Dimension of Hope (NDHope) received the news that their flagship school in Troyah Town, Liberia had been destroyed by a faction of corrupt government officials. The school, which also supplied meals to the families in the small rural village where it was located, had been completed only a year earlier, and outcry over its destruction rang out through the Liberian community. Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and native Liberian said in a statement, “Who would give such instruction, what are these poor people and their children going to do?” Immediately following the incident, NDHope received an influx of support and began a campaign to reconstruct the school.

Dr. Jerry Brown was one of the “Ebola Fighters”, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2014 for extraordinary sacrifices to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.  Dr. Brown is also one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2015.  He dedicated the award to his hospital in Liberia, ELWA Hospital which, because of Brown’s leadership, saved over 200 people from Ebola in 2014.

Baroness Kimberly Moore is an active philanthropist, entrepreneur from New York City and Goodwill Ambassador to the United States, best known for using her creative energy in raising funds and awareness for a variety of industries around the world. She accepted the award and vowed to fund the rebuilding of NDHope’s destroyed school in Liberia.

The event raised enough for founder Ebenezeer Norman to speculate that construction on a new school will begin by this September.

Thousand Oaks resident Anthony Angelini, a board member of NDHope who attended the opening of ceremony of the original school in Liberia in 2015, gave the opening address at the award ceremony. “You do not want this award,” Angelini told the Regis University audience about these heroes, “I have seen what these people had to go through to get it, and trust me, you don’t want it.”  Locally, Angelini also serves on the Board of Directors for Gold Coast Performing Arts Association and on the Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Commission ad-hoc committee for the Excellence in the Arts Awards.

To learn more about A New Dimension of Hope and the school in Liberia visit www.ndhope.org


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