After their Scholars Weekend, the 2016 Coke Scholars founded a nonprofit called Starts With Soap, inspired by their group community service project at an Atlanta elementary school that didn’t have soap in the restrooms. Starts With Soap held a charity fundraiser put on by the Lipscomb University chapter in late March. George Pandya (2016 Scholar and Starts With Soap Chief Operating Officer) organized the event…
…and musician Gracie Schram (2016) performed at the concert!
Coke Scholars and alumni cheered on the Boston Bruins as guests of Coca-Cola on March 28. Paul Herring (General Manager for New England Market Units, Coca-Cola Refreshments) hosted them in the Coca-Cola suite! We are grateful to him and Nick Martin (Director, Public Affairs and Communications) for organizing the event.
Mark and Jane from CCSF met up with a fun group of Scholars in Nashville.
Carolyn from CCSF had coffee with Julia Li (2006, left), Tejas Sekhar (2017, right), Deborah Stine (1991), and Chris Leahy (1999) while in St. Louis.
Johanna Sanchez (1999) ran into Albert Lawrence (2003 & bunny rabbit) and LaToya Franklyn (2003) at an event in Los Angeles.
Michelle Ludwig (1996, center right) visited the CCSF staff while she was in Atlanta for a brief visit. Michelle is a Radiology and Oncology Doctor and Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Marques Martin (2001) reconnected with CCSF staff while he was in town for work. Marques is Co-Founder/Managing Partner at The Inkwell Group, an investment firm in Cleveland, OH.
Alex Reese (2007) met up with Jason Pate (2005) in San Francisco.
Jennifer Black (1990, center) came by while visiting Atlanta. She teaches English at Boise State and told us that she met her husband, Chad, through fellow 1990 Coke Scholar Jason Baxter!
For several Coca-Cola Scholars impacted by the storm, their network has provided a support system, with Scholars checking in on Scholars, providing donations and words of encouragement. Others have rolled up their sleeves and joined efforts to rebuild impacted cities.