Nonprofit holds fundraiser for scholarships to help teen moms

Rev. Anthony Thompson greets Kevin Singleton after he handed out the first scholarships for Passion to Forgive’s Myra Singleton Thompson Scholarship. Emanuel AME Church shooting victim Myra Singleton Thompson was Rev. Thompson’s wife and Singleton’s mother.

Passion to Forgive, a nonprofit created to honor a victim of the Emanuel AME Church shooting, is holding its inaugural fundraiser to support scholarships for teen mothers.

The Myra Singleton Thompson Scholarship fundraiser will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at No. 5 Faber, an event facility in downtown Charleston. The scholarships help teen mothers continue their college or trade educations despite the challenges of single parenthood.

Scholarships of $2,500 to $5,000 will be awarded to recipients chosen based on GPA, essay submissions, letters of recommendation and community service. The first were awarded in June shortly before the shooting anniversary.

Thompson worked for years as a local public school teacher and guidance counselor. Although she was a teen mother, she went on to earn two master’s degrees and a license to ministry while raising two children. Her son, Kevin Singleton, founded the nonprofit to honor her legacy of community service and education.

The fundraiser will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, visual art and raffle items.

For more, go to passiontoforgive.com. Purchase tickets at www.passiontoforgive.eventbrite.com.