Foundation holds gathering to celebrate moms

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May 6—More than 200 women had Old Airport Road on their agendas Friday morning, with Citizens Office and Conference Center playing host to an early celebration of Mother's Day, sponsored by Axel Adams Foundation.

The festivities — all free — included prizes, music and a meal, and multiple generations were represented, with the senior participant being Ada McDaniel, 102.

Cheryl Jones, a co-chairman of the foundation, described the gathering as designed to "recognize mothers and celebrate their legacies and contributions to the society," and noted that similar programs are planned — some for youth and some for senior citizens.

Axel Adams Foundation is named in honor of a New Ellenton native who, at age 22, rose to prominence as an exceptionally young member of the city council. He worked at the Savannah River Site, moved on to other roles focusing on civil rights and now works for Delta Air Lines as a manager in supplier diversity and inclusion, with a focus on community engagement.

His foundation, as indicated on its website, is "dedicated to making long-term transformational improvements in education, health and wellness, and socioeconomic issues for youth and adults in the Central Savannah River Area to invoke positive and sustainable change."

The foundation also "strives to impact and empower the Central Savannah River Area by extending support and outreach to those in the community in which we serve," the website notes, adding, "We envision a community in which youth and adults thrive, realizing their full potential, to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity."