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HOODHOP founder honored in N.Y.

December 05, 2008

NEW YORK -- Anna Shetler of Hagerstown was honored Thursday night at a gala awards dinner at the New York Public Library in New York City.

Shetler is one of 10 national recipients of the Maybelline New York Beauty of Education Awards. The award recognizes women who motivate, mentor and make a difference in their communities through the power of education.

Shetler, a senior at the University of Maryland, was selected from among thousands of entries across the United States, according to a release from Maybelline.

Shetler will receive a $10,000 grant earmarked to support her educational cause, HOODHOP Inc., along with the opportunity to have the school showcased in a national ad in People magazine.

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At age 17, using money from summer jobs and fundraisers, Anna Shetler started a free dance program at three housing projects in Washington County. Her nonprofit organization, HOODHOP Inc., now provides dance lessons to youngsters in seven low-income housing projects all summer long, culminating in a neighborhood dance-off at which the students perform. Several of the older children now help teach dance with Shetler.

In the release, Shetler was quoted as saying, "The outlet of dance has given so many individuals something positive to do, myself included, in a place where it is so easy to get into trouble. We have been blessed with this award and in the future we plan to buy a building and open an after-school program centered around the arts."

More information can be found at www.myspace.com/hoodhopinc1

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