For 10 years the African American Women Speakers Bureau has been hard at work increasing awareness among Black women. AAWSB is a volunteer organization of African-American breast and cervical cancer survivors, professional and non-professional health care workers and community resource people committed to increasing breast and cervical cancer awareness and screening among African-American women in the greater Pittsburgh and surrounding communities.

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS —Jackie Simon, Peggy Martin, Annette Carswell and Mag Hemby.

On Oct. 10 at the Churchill Valley Country Club, they held their 10th Annual Prayer Brunch with Lynn Hayes-Freeland (KDKA TV news) as guest emcee. Event co-chairs, Mag Hemby and Gloria Mungin, and the committee put together a program with the dynamic Messenger Annette Carswell as keynote speaker.


There was no limit on talent on this afternoon. Sonya Carter inspired with a pair of solos, Deborah Moncrief sang “Stand” and moved the audience to their feet. The spoken word came from Rev. Eric McIntosh. He performed an original piece titled, “Oh What a Wretched Man I Am.” God’s Reflection Mime Ministry came to life with a moving performance.

Each year AAWSB makes a charitable contribution. This year yours truly was selected to pick a charitable foundation. I selected the Salvation Army and I collected the check on their behalf. The contribution has been forwarded to the Salvation Army and will help to feed many people this holiday season. The proceeds of the luncheon provide for cancer outreach and educational support in the surrounding communities.

The luncheon committee included Irene Abby, Lora Ann Bray, Vivian Brice, Laghretta Bush-White, Vonda Cade, Pat Cobbs, Pearl Deaniello, Phyllis Durrett, Cheryl Evans, Sharon Greene, Linda Harvey, Flora Jackson, Phyliss Johnson, Shirlee Lucas, Loretta Martin, Diane Pannell, Velma Parker, Dee Pearson, Toni Roberts, Jackie Simon, Edith Smith, Naomy Fallon, Patricia Thomas, Dominica Williams and Theresa Woodruff.

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