Mentoring Through Philanthropy: Rising to the challenge of giving back and paying it forward

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MIAMI – Oct. 24th , 2016Tracy Wilson Mourning, Founder of Honey Shine Inc. mentoring program for girls (, hosted a scholarship reception to support the value of mentorship and philanthropy during the University’s 2016 Homecoming festivities. The reception took place on Thursday Oct. 20th at Takoda’s from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and featured a special scholarship presentation to a current Howard University student, Nia Saunders, who has exhibited outstanding community service.

This was the first gift presented as part of Mrs. Wilson-Mourning’s commitment to Howard University. The reception was supported by Honey Shine Board of Director members, sponsors and  many Howard Alum’s.
Statistics that children, including teenagers, with positive role models in their lives tend to make better choices were a part of Mourning’s motivation to begin her mentoring program Honey Shine, Inc. in South Florida. As she has expanded Honey Shine nationwide, beginning in Los Angeles, CA and now in Dallas, TX, Mourning also felt it necessary to extend her philanthropy and mentorship to the young minds at her beloved alma mater, Howard University. Mourning and her husband National Basketball Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning, hope that this 2016 Homecoming reception fosters a call to action for all attendees. Even further, the philanthropist power couple ultimately hopes the reception creates an incredible networking opportunity for Alumni and is the birth of a long-term alliance with Howard and Honey Shine, Inc.

“Important to the success of Honey Shine are the donors and mentors who provide guidance to the young girls,” said Mourning.  “Mentors share their personal experiences and help guide our youth to a healthy and happy future. Charity relieves the pains of social problems, whereas we strive to gear the focus on philanthropy, which attempts to solve those problems at their root causes. And for this reason, I also want to pay it forward for my fellow Bison at HU.”

About Honey Shine

Honey Shine, Inc. encourages the balancing of mind, body and soul in girls and women by providing nurturing experiences that enlighten their paths and empower their future. For more information on how you can become a Corporate Partner or an Individual donor, please call

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