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On behalf of the DREF board, staff, volunteers and grantees, please accept our sincere thanks for your continued belief in our mission. All of us are counting on you to be a DREF Partner for Possibilities!

As the year nears an end, the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) is looking forward to the New Year with much excitement and anticipation! In 2017, our Foundation will commemorate its Golden Anniversary-- 50 years since we were established to provide charitable and educational programming. This is a time to celebrate and advance our mission to higher heights!

As DREF celebrates this milestone, we will share with you vignettes of our historical markers reflecting on how we have made a difference in the lives of African American women and their families. This 50th year will also be a launching pad for the expansion of our research initiatives focused on African American women, and DREF’s educational development programs like the innovative Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC).

We aim to grow our fund development resources which will help us award more scholarships,internships and fellowships. In addition, our goal is to increase the amount and number of Community Empowerment Grants awarded annually. We need to continue the work that transforms lives. But, DREF can’t do it alone.

We need your involvement and support. We know how much more DREF can accomplish, and we continue to need the help of our friends and donors. So please, during this annual season of giving make your tax-deductible gift that creates possibilities and improves the lives of African American women and their families.

Best wishes for a safe, healthy and joy-filled holiday season.

Warmly, Carolyn E. Lewis, President

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