On April 9, at the Double Tree Hotel Pittsburgh, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter, Pittsburgh presented “Top Hat Salute to Women of Distinction.”

Twenty-five women in various fields were presented with a beautiful trophy and an exquisite top hat that was uniquely decorated in pink and green flowers.

More than 300 attended the luncheon and enjoyed a reading by the students of Pearl Academy and a solo by one of the honorees, Rev. DeNeice Welch.

LIFESTYLE EDITOR HONORED—Toni S Kendrick (president), Debbie Norrell, Natisha D. Frye (Photos by Rossano Stewart)

In her remarks, Toni S. Kendrick, president of Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter, said, “Today we take the opportunity to recognize women in the community who take the time to give an encouraging word, women who have set aside their own concerns to attend the needs of others. We honor women who have gone the extra mile to lift someone’s spirit. We honor women who operate their own business. We honor women who address the health disparities in the African-American community, and we honor women who prepare all children and adults for academic success. We honor women with values, patience, optimism, focus, vision, passion and character.”

This year’s honorees included: Faye Blair, business; Rev. Maureen Cross Bolden, religion; Patricia Cheeseboro, business; Carol Payne Crytian, the arts; Judith Davenport, D.M.D., health care; Jackie Dixon, community engagement; Roxanne Epperson, community engagement; Sylvia Hill Fields, philanthropy; Karen J. Gilmer, the arts; Rev. Barbara Gunn, religion; Anna Hollis, community engagement; Rhonda Moore Johnson, health care; Ayisha Morgan-Lee, the arts; Veronica Morgan-Lee, community engagement; Debbie Norrell, communications/media; Gloria C.Potter, business; Shirley Ross, community engagement; Winifred V. Torbert, community engagement; Bernadette Turner, community engagement; Lucy Ware, education; Gwendolyn Watkins, community engagement; Rev. B. DeNeice Welch, religion; Jacqueline O. Winsett, education; Vivian Wilson, education; and Mattie Woods, community engagement.

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