Unsung Sheroes: Long Beach Branch NAACP Honors Women Who Make a Difference

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Naomi Rainey, President of the Long Beach Branch NAACP, announces the 2013 Women’s History Celebration Program and 2013 “Unsung Sheroes”. This event is sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Long Beach. U.S. Congresswoman Janice Hahn will be the guest speaker and honoree.

Significant women who have helped to shape Long Beach and surrounding communities will be honored. These women have provided services to the LB NAACP, and serve as outstanding female role models. The 2013 Honorees are:

Coreen Correa– Promotes health for low income family at St. Mary’s & promotes music for minority youth;

Amber Correa– Promotes & introduces classical music to youth;

Kathy Trassi– LBUSD volunteered over 1800 hours at fremont;

Hanh Nguyen– Promote cultural diversity & unity by teaching older and younger Vietnamese to be proud of their culture and dispel myths, stereotype, and misinformation about America and Americans;

Shelia LeFridge– Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She collaborates with other groups on special projects in the areas of education and health. Ms. LeFridge played a Key Role in the 2012 Census in counting of the difficult to reach;

Marsha Chapman– Is a Long Beach Fire Department Volunteer, Actively engage at Antioch Church, and other community groups;

Congresswoman Janice Hahn– Carrying on the Hahn family legacy in the area of Public Service;

Cheryl Carter– Owner of Johnny Rebs Restaurants. Established Shell out for charity. Since opening, Johnny Reb’s has given away over 300 thousand pounds of peanuts raising over $350,000 from customers for the Shell Out program;

De De Hicks– President and CEO of the Volunteer Center, mobilizes people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community problems. The center promotes volunteerism and recognizes the invaluable role volunteers play in our society. Volunteers are recruited and referred to over 650 nonprofit organizations in 43 cities served by the center;

Katherine Bayard– Is a member of Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, Central Neighborhood Advisory Committee. Dedicates many hours to programs, to help seniors and youth;

Wilma Powell– Shared her personal story about domestic violent to motivate and help other women. Her story has empowered women letting them know that there are laws, hope, support, and that they do not have to remain victims of domestic violence;

Jane Gallup– President of the Long Beach League of Women Voters. The organization encourages, informs, and actively participates in government. Works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy;

Ivy Arlinda Goolsby– For promoting business & community engagement;

Othetta Glover – Southern California Convener of National Council Woman;

Zina Bourda – President of the Long Beach National Council of Negro Women. The Mission of NCNW is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities, NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, and national and community-based services. Focus on programs on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa;

Dr. Dorothy Reed – Developed exemplary educational practices to motivate the unmotivated learners;

Sandy Cajas– The President and CEO of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Southern Region. The Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is committed to developing businesses by showcasing the strength and vitality of the Southern California Hispanic business community.

Carol Williams – the Executive Director of Interval House, a domestic violence shelter serving Long Beach and Orange County. She has served as the organization’s director since shortly after its founding 20 years ago. Today, Interval House maintains three shelter facilities and administrative headquarters to provide comprehensive services to battered women and children. The organization offers counseling and a 24-hour hotline in 32 languages, emergency shelter and second stage housing, and a wide range of education, outreach and aftercare programs. Williams is noted for her extraordinary mentoring skills; her senior staff includes many former clients who have gone on to receive national recognition for their work in violence prevention.

The celebration will be held at 3:15pm on March 17th, 2013 at Ernest McBride Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Long Beach, California 90801. A reception to recognize the honorees will follow the program. To RSVP for this program, e-mail mnnacp@gmail.com no later than Wednesday 13th, 2013.

The LB Branch NAACP 2013 “Unsung Sheroes Who Make a Difference” is well-respected, devoted women who interact in a positive manner on a family, spiritual, community, and civic basis. This multi-ethnic group of women has changed the face of Long Beach and surrounding communities. The honorees in addition to supporting their families and friends, work tirelessly in programs, projects, and organizations that make our communities better. These women are all great role models.

March is Women’s History Month, and the Long Beach Branch NAACP annually recognizes significant women. These women spend countless hours working hard to improve their communities and rarely receive recognition for their work. “Sheroes” are unselfish women with qualities such as courage, loyalty, resourcefulness, and charisma. They are women committed to protecting the young and old, they promote equality, social justice, and empowers the less fortunate. That is why the Long Beach Branch NAACP names them “Unsung Sheroes”.

The 2013 program is dedicated to former “Sheroes” the late Indria Hale-Tucker and Autrilla Scott.

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