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Dolores Morris, former Vice President of the HBO Family Channel, was a recipient of the President’s Medal, recently, at the CSI Celestial Ball, held at the Richmond County Country Club.

After Ms. Morris accepted her award “on behalf of my parents, grandparents, great grandparents, upon whose shoulders I stand, and have always stood,” she told the harrowing story of her grandfather, William Morris. He was forced from his home in North Carolina when he was 11 years old because he corrected a White shop owner who was cheating his family. He settled in Staten Island, where he founded a moving company that eventually became the largest moving company on the Eastern seaboard. Mr. Morris was also deeply committed to education and community service, and as a result IS 61 was named after him.

Ms. Morris said that his example and those of her family members are what led her to her own deep commitment to the Staten Island community.

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