State Representative Joanna E. McClinton
Joanna took the oath of office to serve the people of the 191st Legislative District on Aug. 25, 2015 after winning a special election two weeks prior. In Nov. 2018, she became the first African-American and woman to be elected as the House Democratic Caucus chair for the 2019-20 legislative session. A lifelong resident of southwest Philadelphia and graduate of Grace Temple Christian Academy, she became active in the community while completing a two-year internship with the radio station WDAS. Later, she worked as an assistant public defender for seven years. She became the assistant chief of the East Zone during her last year at the public defender's office and helped attorneys with case preparation.
Rep. McClinton has supported the Fund in many capacities as an event organizer, volunteer coordinator, ambassador, and ally in our goal of maintaining the legacies of Nathaniel and Terrell through charitable work and community service.
A Showing of Our Appreciation
After its founding on January 3, 2017, the Terrell L. Bruce Memorial Fund has recognized individuals who have donated their time, energy, and efforts to help us as we pursue those values and principles that Nathaniel and Terrell represented most. As such, annually, we award our "Outstanding Supporter of the Year" as a token of our appreciation for the crucial part they've played in making the Fund what it is today.
Jocelyn and Alex Mather
Jocelyn and Alex have generously donated to the Fund since our inception in 2017 after Alex, a Central High School graduate like Nate, heard about our cause and wanted to help. Jocelyn and Alex have continued to raise awareness about our core mission, which is to provide college scholarships to students who come from economically, socially, or culturally disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate a longstanding commitment to community service and academic excellence, in honor of Nate and Terrell. Jocelyn and Alex have continued to be consistent supporters of the Fund to this day as both have expressed a strong desire to be advocates for educational opportunities and equal access to higher learning for all people regardless of his or her race, sex, religion, and/or socioeconomic status.
Alex Mather, 40, is the founder and CEO of The Athletic - the world's largest sports subscription business. Alex is a Philadelphia native and proud Central High School grad. He now lives in San Francisco with his wife Jocelyn, an interior designer, and his son Gabriel.
Janine D. Momasso
2007 Villanova Law School graduate, Family Law attorney, and candidate for Judge with the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. Janine is also a former judicial intern and law clerk in two jurisdictions, has a successful family law practice with offices in Philadelphia County, Bucks County, and New Jersey.
Janine has tirelessly worked to increase awareness about the Fund by volunteering and promoting the Terrell L. Bruce Memorial Fund, most notably at the 2018 LeBruce release at Iron Hill Brewery in Chestnut Hill.
Outstanding Supporter of the Year
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Iron Hill has been a constant and consistent partner of the Terrell L. Bruce Memorial Fund since the Fund was launched in January 2017. In particular, Iron Hill Brewery has held fundraising events at participating locations Ardmore, Maple Shade, Chestnut Hill, and North Wales to benefit the Fund in 2017. The "LeBruce" beer is a special brew that Terrell made a few years ago after winning a sales contest, which was made available for purchase with $1 from each pint purchased go directly to the Fund to help pay for scholarships and outreach efforts. The "Give 20" coupon allowed patrons to donate 20% of their food bill to the Fund.
The Terrell L. Bruce Memorial Fund was also selected as a participating charity for Iron Hill Brewery's Maple Shade Second Annual 12 Days of Giving promotion. This event is a fundraiser where Iron Hill matched the first $250 in donations for the day at Iron Hill Brewery's Maple Shade location from 11 AM to close on Saturday, July 15, 2017.