Brewster Students Against Cancer presented the Janette Lambert Memorial Scholarship with a check for $400 last week.
Lambert’s oldest children, Emma and Kove, accepted the check on behalf of their family and shared memories about their warm and vivacious mother. Also on hand during the presentation were Tracey Walsh from the American Cancer Society and Michelle Villano, the group’s advisor.
Lambert died in 2016 after a 10-year battle with breast cancer, leaving behind her husband Joe and three children. Her youngest, Luke Lambert, is in fourth grade at CV Starr. Emma, who graduated in 2016, went to Westchester Community College and is now looking at schools in Oregon, Washington, and the Carolinas to study oceanography or atmosphere geology. Lambert’s middle child, Kove, graduated from Brewster High School last year. A former member of Brewster Students Against Cancer, Kove is attending Coastal Carolina University where he’s studying physics.
According to Joe Lambert, his wife, the daughter of immigrants from Puerto Rico and Ecuador, made a big impact on the people around her.
“Janette lived, she thrived, she was assertive, and she learned to be a highly effective communicator in both Spanish and English,” he said. “Her positive personality and beautiful smile drew people in and her intelligence and financial acumen kept them in.”
Successful in the financial industry, Janette was “the hardest working woman in the room—especially a room filled with men,” said her husband. In celebration of Janette’s feisty, go-getter spirit, the Lambert family partnered with the Brewster Education Foundation to create a scholarship in her memory. The Janette Lambert Memorial Scholarship is presented to a Brewster High School Senior who is female, Hispanic, and attending college for a degree in business, finance or accounting.
Last year Brewster Students Against Cancer voted to donate funds to the scholarship and this year they decided to do the same. Through various fundraisers including bake sales, t-shirt fundraisers, and survey fundraisers the club raised $400 for the second consecutive year.
“We love doing it,” said Brianna Sayegh, the club’s president, who was there with Treasurer Laura Rodriguez. “When we mentioned it to the club again this year, everyone said ‘Yes! Let’s do it.’”