St. Petersburg, FL – “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” may go down in history as one of the most empowering pearls of wisdom quoted from Eleanor Roosevelt. That brief statement made an impact on girls and young women of the time and continues to today. YWCA Tampa Bay will recognize and celebrate that leadership, inspiration and encouragement during the organization’s second annual Pearls of Wisdom luncheon event on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park. This inspiring event will also award Gems of the Community – women who have made a significant impact, crossed racial, economic or societal boundaries and empowered others in a variety of areas including business, philanthropy and community service. The honorees for 2016 are:
Amy Foster, Member and Chair, St. Petersburg City Council
Barbara Rhode, Founder, the Red Tent Women’s Initiative
Rayshall Poinsette, Retired, Largo Police Department
Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dion Lim, anchor and reporter for WTSP 10 News, will serve as the event emcee where the awards luncheon will feature a networking reception of regional leaders in business and community organizations; as well as a silent auction of unique handbags, jewelry, and other specialty items. A limited number of VIP tickets will provide guests with an exclusive opportunity to meet Gems of the Community honorees, special guests, and YWCA supporters.
The YWCA is a vital part of the Tampa Bay community. The local organization is a private, accredited, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) member affiliate of YWCA of the USA. While there are many organizations that have missions around racism, poverty and justice, the YWCA’s focus on empowering women is rare. Since 1919, the YWCA has changed the lives of women and children – and the entire community – by helping women realize their full potential. Through child development, early learning and racial justice programs, YWCA Tampa Bay fosters economic independence among diverse women, harnesses community support for at-risk families and children and promotes healing conversations about race.
Hosted by and benefitting YWCA Tampa Bay, Pearls of Wisdom festivities will kick off at 11:00 am on October 6th at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park. General admission event tickets are $60pp; the $75pp ticket includes access to the “Jewels VIP Reception;” tables of 10 are $750 which also includes special VIP access.
For more information or to purchase tickets or tables for Pearls of Wisdom presented by YWCA Tampa Bay, please visit www.ywcaoftampabay.org or call 727.896.4629.