In September Tawanda was selected by Ms. Oprah Winfrey as the Standing Ovation Award recipient at Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend in Newark, New Jersey. Ms. Winfrey, along with Paralympic skier Amy Purdy, presented the Camden Sophisticated Sisters with a $25,000 donation on behalf of Toyota. The award recognizes extraordinary people who are making positive changes in their communities and inspiring others to do the same. Tawanda was exceedingly overwhelmed with joy and appreciation as an audience of over 11,000 stood and applauded her willingness to devote her life to help the children of Camden. One of the audience members said that Tawanda’s generosity was so contagious she wanted to assist by matching Toyota’s donation with an additional $25,000 contribution.
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