The Scholarship Gala

SAVE THE DATE: July 17, 2022

“Healing by Any Means Necessary”

Tickets are not available for the gala yet.
More information to come.


Springfield, MA – On March 6th, 2021, Wellness for the Culture hosted the “One Day You Will Live” Scholarship Gala with a twist – a luxury virtual celebration, complete with formal wear, special delivery food and drinks, and of course, encouragement and inspiration to LIVE!

The next gala will take place on March 5th 2022. More details to come. 

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Previous Gala  Speakers

The One Day You Will Live Scholarship Committee curated a night full of inspiration, hope, and great expectation!  They hosted some amazing speakers and performers that helped deliver messages of validation, vulnerability, and transparency. What a great way to promote Suicidal Prevention!

Nieisha Deed

Founder of PureSpark

Nieisha Deed, a Roxbury, Ma native, is the founder of PureSpark. She spent 15 years as a corporate accountant until she was diagnosed with severe depression and unable to return back to work. After her recovery, she founded PureSpark, a platform she uses to help educate the community on the importance of prioritizing their mental health. She is a mental health advocate and public speaker who is unafraid to share her own personal story to aid in the recovery of others.  

Crystal Senter Brown

Actress, Writer, Casting Director, Author, and Spoken Word Artist

Crystal Senter-Brown has been featured in Redbook Magazine, Vibe Magazine and Essence Magazine and has been a performance poet and writer for most of her life. Born in Morristown, TN to a bass-playing Baptist preacher (Dad) and a visual artist (Mom), Crystal performed her first poem onstage at the age of six. Crystal is the recipient of several awards including the 2014 Massachusetts Fellowship in Poetry.  She is the author of five books: But Now I SeeBut You Have Such a Pretty FaceDoubledutchGabby SaturdayGabby Gives Backand The Rhythm in Blue, which will be released as afull-length movie in March, 2017. She is an adjunct professor at Bay Path University and lives in New England with her husband, son and furry her companion named Venus.

Rachel Symone Gilliam

Podcast Host, Creator of Daily Rae, and Unapologetic Reset 

Rachel Symone Gilliam runs an online platform centered around owning her grief and encouraging others to live their best life on purpose. She is a bone marrow transplant survivor and became a widow at the young age of 25 after losing her husband to spinal cancer. Because of the storms she’s walked through, she is no stranger to heartache, loss, or the process of returning to yourself after trauma.

Though grief has become her lifelong companion, she also has made space for joy again and she invites her readers to follow along and believe that you can live a life that holds space for both pain and happiness.

Rachel is the host of the Rosè with Rae podcast — a podcast for around the table & real-life conversations, founder of Unapologetic Womxnhood — a community-led by Black women and created for all women to show up as your whole self unapologetically, and creator of Daily Rae — daily text encouragement to guide you on your journey to self.

She lives life in Dallas, TX, never says no to a glass of rosè, and is a fierce protector of her joy, rest, and emotional well-being.
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Previous Gala Schedule

5:30- 6:00 Registration, Waiting Room

Opening MC: Nieisha Deed

Reading of our mission and purpose

Followed by a Video Presentation

Message from our Sponsors

Poetry Reciting : Crystal Senter Brown

MC: Introduction of the Speaker

Keynote Presentation : Rachel Symone Gilliam

Introduction and acceptance speeches from Awardees

Caitlin Dinh

Tony Cen Cen

A Toast to LIFE

Closing Remarks: Founder Whitney Dodds

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Do you know someone who pushes through despite the odds? Someone with a bright future but has had a rough start? Encourage them to apply to the scholarship, their faces could be here! Application Deadline Friday, December 17, 2021 11:59 PM.

Boston University
Class of 2025

UMass Amherst
Class of 2025

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