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Special Message from the Founder 2013 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

Thank You to Everyone

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Thank you to LA Magazine from Ivory Freeman of the Bessie Morris Foundation

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Another Young Lady's Dreams Come True

The Bessie Morris Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for making the Prom Dreams 2013 such a wonderful success. Your contribution allowed The Bessie Morris Foundation to be able to make another young lady’s dreams come true. This would not be possible without you and your support. We are forever grateful to you.

This year was a little different for the foundation; we only had ten applicants to apply versus 20 to 25 in years past. We were able to select one young lady, Noella Bih, from Leuzinger High School. Noella was invited to shop for her dream dress, shoes, and accessories at David’s Bridal in the city of Torrance and was treated like a princess. Also, she was given a voucher for her hair, manicure and pedicure and prom pictures to complete her prom scholarship. She was required to attend an etiquette class at Chili’s Restaurant.

In addition to the prom scholarship, we will be surprising Noella, the third week of August with items for her dorm as she begins her journey through school. At this time, she is now finalizing her plans for college. She will be attending the University of California, Merced majoring in Biological Sciences. I have enclosed a thank you letter from Noella, explaining, just how wonderful her prom night was because of you and your generosity.


Ivory Freeman

Bessie Morris
Bessie Morris was a single mother who raised 11 children. In addition she raised Ivory and five of her siblings until 1998, when she passed away. Bessie Morris was and continues to be an inspiration and blessing to Ivory. She taught her that if you work hard & believe in yourself, anything is possible. Ivory will be forever grateful for her love, her compassion, and her wisdom. Bessie Morris will be missed.

Ivory Freeman - Founder/CEO
Ivory Freeman has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Ivory grew up in South Central L.A. and has experienced many obstacles. The eldest of six children, she was raised by her grandmother, both of her parents mentally ill--- a consequence of drug use. As a result of her experiences, she has a passion and desire to educate and empower today’s young ladies.

Ivory has a Master’s Degree in Negotiation and Conflict Management from Cal State, Dominguez Hills, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State, Long Beach.