The Karima Gordon Foundation (KGF) was created to save lives from illegal cosmetic procedures by motivating girls and women to be self-confident, set goals and realize their potential to achieve them. This will be accomplished through enriching educational, social, cultural and mentoring experiences that enhance self-esteem and purpose. The Foundation is also committed to ongoing education of the dangers of illegal body enhancement procedures to local and regional principalities.
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One of the goals of the Foundation is to raise funds to provide scholarships for deserving and qualified persons interested in pursuing careers in the various arts such as modeling and dance. Scholarships assist with registration fees and tuitions costs. Karima excelled in modeling and dance throughout her earlier years. Helping others to excel in these areas would be something she would have wanted.
Fundraising in this area is to provide scholarships for deserving and qualified persons interested in pursuing careers as artists and other related fields. Scholarships will assist with registration fees and tuitions costs to art schools and for entry into art exhibits and the like. Karima excelled as an artist in her high school’s art program. Helping others to achieve that and more would also be something she would have wanted.
This fundraising initiative is to assist a young woman (contestant) interested in vying for titles in pageants by sponsoring her in full or in part depending on financial needs of the contestant. Although more persons would be interested in entering pageants, the cost to do so can be discouraging. Therefore, the Foundation would assist to make a young woman’s dreams come true by at least giving her the opportunity to enter and possibly capture a title to represent her state or country. Karima was the first runner- up in the Miss Virgin Islands Pageant in 1993 and this would be something she would have wanted.
Along with the various arts, the Foundation will promote academic excellence as well. In doing so, it will strive to provide scholarships to graduating high school students for college and higher education to include tuition, books and housing needs. Students will have to apply and be selected to receive scholarships starting at $1,000.00 per recipient. The goal is not only to underscore the importance of academic excellence but to encourage young women to follow their dreams and know they can accomplish them.
The Foundation, among other things, will strive to host at least two major events each year such as a fashion show, dance and art exhibit which will highlight the various programs for which the Foundation provides funding while raising monies to realize the aforementioned initiatives.
Karima you were a star in our family, a beautiful flower in our garden, an irreplaceable daughter. We console ourselves knowing that you have left us for a better and beautiful place. Our eyes will always be wet because you are not here, but we know that your beauty will always reside in our hearts. Forever love, Daddy
What I miss most about my niece, Karima is her inner beauty. She was drop dead gorgeous but her heart and soul were just as beautiful. Karima was also fearless, knew what she wanted and never shied away from professional experiences that were deemed non-conventional for women. She was my Shero!!