WHEREAS it is the intention of the Mayor and Council of Cherry Hill Township to focus attention on noteworthy individuals; and
WHEREAS Amanda Ketterer, a 16-year-old Cherry Hill resident and junior at Cherry Hill High School East, has set a remarkable standard of community service and philanthropy for her peers; and
WHEREAS Amanda found her calling at the age of 8, when, inspired by a book about anthropologist Jane Goodall and her research on chimpanzees, she established the beginnings of a lemonade stand to raise money for the Jane Goodall Institute;
WHEREAS in just a few short years, that fundraiser, now known as the “Chimpaide Café,” has raised more than $15,000 for the Institute, money that will help fund projects such as building schools in developing countries, environmental awareness and education, and wildlife conservation; and
WHEREAS Amanda’s work with the Goodall Institute has blossomed into a position on the Institute’s prestigious National Youth Leadership Council, and this past September, led to Amanda’s participation in the United Nations’ Peace Day in Manhattan; and
WHEREAS Amanda’s philanthropic spirit and her desire to give back to others are truly inspiring and refreshing, and are proof that sometimes even the smallest gesture – like opening a lemonade stand – can have far-reaching benefits; and
WHEREAS Amanda is an exemplary young woman whose values and commitment to community service should serve as an example for her peers, and the Mayor and Council are honored to recognize her achievements thus far.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHUCK CAHN, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the Township of Cherry Hill, County of Camden, State of New Jersey, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 13, 2014, to be
Amanda Ketterer Day
in the Township of Cherry Hill and do urge all citizens to join with me and Council in applauding Amanda’s passion and dedication and in wishing her continued success with the Chimpaide Café, and as she moves toward what will surely be a bright future.
November 12, 2014