The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Queen City Metropolitan Chapter (NCBW-QCMC) is hosting its annual My Sister’s Keeper Awards Luncheon on September 16 from12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. The luncheon will be hosted by WBTV award-winning journalist and anchor Christine Sperow. This year’s theme of “Honoring Women Who Serve,” will celebrate empowerment and educational advancement in the Charlotte metropolitan area.@christineontv hosts @NCBWCharlotte's annual My Sister's Keeper event 9/16 in #CLT Click To Tweet
Hosting at the Hilton Charlotte Center City, the NCBW-QCMC will award monetary scholarships to five area female students of color seeking higher education. Five local African American women leaders will also be honored at the event. All honorees exemplify the very essence of the organization — to advocate for change that will empower women to be leaders in the community.
Honorees have made significant strides in the areas of civic engagement, health, economic empowerment, strategic alliances and education and will be presented with NCBW’s Candace (pronounced “Can day cee”) Award for their service to the community at large. NCBW-QCMC will honor Advocacy in Civic Engagement: Commissioner Vilma D. Leake (Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, representing the citizens of District 2); Advocacy in Health: Karen Breach-Washington, MD (A Pediatrician and winner of 2017 Excellence in Diversity Award from Carolinas Healthcare System); Advocacy in Economic Empowerment: LaPronda Spann (Owner and Chief Visionary Architect of Lain Consulting LLC, an award winning consulting firm specializing in diversity certification); Advocacy in Strategic Alliances: Alysia D. Osborne (Director of the Historic West End Initiative, a non-profit organization for Charlotte Center City Partners); Advocacy in Education: Cynthia Johnson (Founder and Executive Director of The Myrtis Simpson Walker Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that serves at-risk students in grades 3-8)
In addition, Gaynor Russell will receive the “Community/Unsung Hero Award” for her work as president of the Jamaican American Culture Association, a nonprofit organization that provides educational assistance (in the form of scholarships and equipment) to children and schools in both Jamaica and the Charlotte community; the organization also promotes cultural awareness.
Scheduled events include a silent auction starting at 11:00 a.m. with doors opening at11:30 a.m. Funds raised from the silent auction will go towards the scholarship fund and supporting other programs including NCBW-QCMC’s signature mentoring program, Building Bridges to Success, which affords young women ages 12-17 with the opportunity to recognize their full potential by offering educational, developmental, and cultural events related to health and wellness, leadership, personal and career development.
To RSVP and purchase tickets, visit www.ncbw-qcmc.org.