Honorees include Vy Higginsen, Founder and CEO of the Mama Foundation for the Arts,
Debi Jackson, co-host of the Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens International ® (HJTTI) Scholarship Competition and Marty Gillis, owner/ operator of five McDonald’s locations and chairwoman of McDonald’s African American Consumer Market Committee
New York, NY (April 19, 2011) ““ Known for empowering women of color around the country, nationally syndicated radio show CafÃ© Mocha will host an awards brunch to solidify women’s place in history with their New York affiliate WBLS-FM. CafÃ© Mocha “Celebrating Women” Brunch hosted by Wells Fargo will honor three female trailblazers in the tri-state area for their individual commitment to their community. In the spirit of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King, it is fitting that the ladies will be honored at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center, 3940 Broadway, New York, NY 10032 on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The WBLS CafÃ© Mocha Brunch, themed “Celebrating Women,” is the culminating event to a two-month initiative that paid tribute to Women’s History. Throughout March and April listeners were informed about women who have globally impacted American history via on air vignettes sponsored by Wells Fargo. This year’s honorees, including Debi Jackson of the WBLS Hal Jackson show (Community Activist Award); Marty Gillis of McDonalds (Powerhouse Award); and Vy Higginsen of the Mama Foundation for the Arts (“˜Children’s Champion’ Award) are positively impacting their communities and the lives of others daily.
“Women””especially women of color””are so vital to the fabric of our communities,” said Sheila Eldridge, CafÃ© Mocha Creator and Executive Producer. “It brings us great pleasure to honor three outstanding women for their tireless work to serve their community and inspire others.”
To mark this historical occasion, the event will take place at the Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in the infamous Audubon Ballroom where her husband, civil rights pioneer Malcom X was fatally shot on February 21, 1965. The Center continues to be an iconic cultural and educational venue nearly five decades after that fateful day.
“No accurate discussion of Women’s History or African-American History is complete without recognizing Dr. Betty Shabazz for her contributions” adds Eldridge. “We are honored and thank WBLS and Wells Fargo for supporting our “˜vision’ to host this event at such an important moment in time”
CafÃ© Mocha brings a fresh perspective and is heard on Saturday mornings on New York’s WBLS-FM and hosted by New York native and two-time Grammy-nominated hip-hop legend MC Lyte, actress/comedienne Loni Love (E! Entertainment’s “Chelsea Lately”) and broadcast veteran Angelique Perrin.
This event is open to the public by RSVP to 866-357-4323. For media coverage or more information on the WBLS CafÃ© Mocha “Celebrating Women” Brunch please call 201 722 1500.
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