HONOREE Roxanne Epperson with Rita Gregory


“Men are what their mothers made them,” said Bill Peduto, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson, May 11 at the St. James AME Church, at the Celebration of Women, Community Champions Luncheon. The luncheon was presented by The Champion Enterprises and Five Star Corp.

The awardees included: Lucille Prater Holliday, community activist; Cecile Springer, president of Springer Associates; Mioshi Anderson, founder of Pittsburgh Fashion Week; artist Gerry Florida; Elise Roby-Yanders, VP, Merrill Lynch); Lee Ann Conover, music educator; Doris Miller of Goodrich and Goodrich Law Firm; Roxanne Epperson, founder of Women Against Abusive Relationships; and Hazel Jackson, director of food services, St. James AME Church. Each woman received a beautiful plaque and many stated they were surprised and humbled by the honor. Rita Gregory and your’s truly were surprised with honors as well from Champion Enterprises.



HONOREE Cecile Springer with Rita Gregory


MODELING FASHIONS FROM CACHé (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

The program was full of talent. Milton Raiford gave a beautiful speech about the relationship he and his brothers had with his late mother Cora Raiford. Guest speaker Reverend Maureen Cross-Bolden told the audience to stay the course. Guests enjoyed a beautiful afternoon that featured a cookie reception, a delightful lunch, vendors, door prizes and a fashion show that featured just right colors for spring and summer from Caché in Monroeville Mall.


HONOREE Hazel Jackson with Rita Gregory


HONOREE Lee Ann Conover with Rita Gregory


HONOREE Mioshi Anderson


Champion Enterprises is celebrating more than 30 years of safe summer programs, which includes the Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League, Armon Gilliam Hard Work Basketball Camp, Franco Harris All-Pro Football Camp and the Champions Mixed Doubles Celebrity Tennis Tournament.




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