Moreno to Receive Jenni-Lyn Watson Scholarship

June 21, 2011 (Syracuse, NY) – Margaret Moreno, a senior at Corcoran High School, has been named the first recipient of the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Scholarship. Moreno will use the award to attend the prestigious Syracuse University Summer Dance Intensive program.

Jenni-Lyn Watson’s life was tragically cut short last November when she returned home from college for the Thanksgiving holiday. Watson was a dance major at Mercyhurst College, and a company member of SoMar Dance Works. To honor their daughter’s love of Central New York and its arts community, the Watson family chose to establish a fund that supports local dance students and the arts as the best way to memorialize their daughter’s local legacy. In addition, it helps them to give back to the same community that supported them.

“We should all be so lucky to find half the passion for something in our lives like Jenni-Lyn had for dance,” said Jackie Watson, Jenni-Lyn’s mother. “We will use this fund to ensure that financial barriers don’t stop other dancers from achieving their dreams.”

A special Memorial Golf Tournament will be held in honor of Jenni-Lyn Watson on Saturday, July 9 from 12:30pm-7:00pm at the Radisson Greens in Baldwinsville. Proceeds will support the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Fund. For more information about registration and the dinner, visit or contact: Ed Ventrone at (315) 430-8775 or

Contributions can be made directly to the Jenni-Lynn Watson Memorial Fund online at or via check, made out to the Jenni-Lynn Watson Memorial Fund, and sent to the Central New York Community Foundation, 431 East Fayette Street, Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13202.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of nonprofit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards more than $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

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