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SF Chapter of NCBW Thanks Sponsors

Hats, Tiaras.. It was all a beautiful sight at the "Golden Girls Hats and Gloves 'Bridging the Generations' Tea" 2013!

It was a glorious time of hats, tea, pomp, circumstance and purpose! The SF Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women kicked off Women's History Month

2013 with its Eighth Annual "Bridging the Generations Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea, with the help of major sponsors Lennar Corporation, California Pacific Medical Center's Breast Health Program,

Cosmopolitan Baptist Church and KPIX. Renel Brooks-Moon, broadcast veteran and announcer for the San Francisco Giants, emceed the event.

Youth Guest of Goodwill Industries personifies  "With Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi joining us, Keynote Speech by U.S. Trade Commissioner Teresa Cox and our honorees, it was a wonderful occasion that would not have been possible our major sponsors," said Dr. Maxine Hickman, President of the San Francisco Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women. "I'd like to thank everyone involved from our sponsors and honorees to program participants and our audience. Next year, 'The Multicultural National Coalition of 100 Black Women in San Francisco Weekend,' will be March 1-2, 2014."

The annual tea held at the historic Fairmont Hotel is the main fundraiser for the organization's developing "Bridging the Generations Employment and Job Training Program," conceived by Jackie Wright of Wright Enterprises. This year's honorees were: Alecia DeCoudreaux, President, Mills College, Oakland, CA. Janice Edwards, Award Winning Talk Show Host Felecia Gaston, Founder, Performing Stars of Marin Naomi Kelly, San Francisco City Administrator, Eva Paterson, Founder, Equal Justice Society Marilyn French Speller, SF Meals on Wheels, Mary Dixon, Tax and Foreclosure Specialist, and Kathryn J. Summers, Registered Nurse.  In addition to the honor and trophy from the San Francisco Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the honorees received awards and acknowledgements from Congresswoman Pelosi, California State Senator Mark Leno, California Assemblyman Leland, The City and County of San Francisco Mayor's Office, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Podium
"Congratulations to Dr. Hickman, President Emeritus and Founder I. Lee Murphy Reed, and all the members of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women for their achievements -- from the 'Sister's Keeper' workshop examining the impact of the economic downturn on women to the 'Bridging the Generations Employment and Job Training Program,'" said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  "Your contributions have transformed lives in San Francisco, and your efforts will continue to inspire young people to strive for success, succeed, and thrive in our city and across our country." Pelosi also briefly spoke about the heavy impact of the "Sequester" on women and her experience at the Rosa Parks Statue dedication just a few days before the tea.

Nancy Pelosi Speaks with Media at 100 Black Women Tea 2013 
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Speaks with KTVU and ABC 7.

Also, California State Senator Mark Leno and San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener attended.

Traditionally, The Tuskegee Airmen are honored annually at the tea. 81 year-old Tuskegee Airman Benjamin Reed was part of a special presentation of rare photographs that were donated to the NCBW San Francisco Chapter.   Before the recent fanfare of George Lucas' "Red Tails," the Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea has been a forum where the Tuskegee Airmen were recognized for their contribution. Airman Benjamin Reed is the husband of President Emeritus I Lee Murphy Reed. 

As a sidebar, Actor James Weston II, a Tuskegee Airman, of George Lucas' "Red Tails" joined the celebration.

Keynoter, Teresa Cox, first African American elected to the Ohlone Community College Board in 50 years, who also announced her candidacy for the California State Assembly, shared the importance of women helping each other and the impact of women in her life like her aunt Effie Lee Morris, the first San Francisco African American librarian, who propelled her a career that spanned engineering to working in the White House; the audience enjoyed an array of talent.   From Ricardo Scales, Opera Diva Hope Briggs, youth performers-singer Shanelle Silas and piano virtuoso E'vana, the event had everyone talking about joining the festivities next year.

Media coverage of the event included KCBS Radio, KTVU, ABC 7 and Post Newspaper Group. Click here to see story by reporter Carla Thomas. Lance Burton of Planet Fillmore Communications videotaped the event. Click Here to See the Video.

For more information about the National Coalition of 100 Black Women San Francisco Chapter, visit www.ncbwsf.org.

A few candid photos from the 2013 tea:

KCBS Reporter Mark Seelig  President Hickman

SF NCBW President Dr. Maxine Hickman Speaks with KCBS' Mark Selig.

PUC Judge Karen Clopton  Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi-100 Black Womens Tea 2013

PUC Judge Karen Clopton and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
100 Black Womens Tea 2013

Tuskegee Airmen Et all 100 Black Women 2013

Tuskegee Airman Benjamin Reed Sr. Flanked by Benjamin Reed Jr., wife I Lee Murphy Reed (SF NCBW Founder & President Emeritus), SF Filmmaker, Jacquie Taliaferro, Sister in Law, Actor James Weston II, San Francisco Publicist, Jackie Wright.

Opera Diva Hope Briggs

Opera Diva Hope Briggs

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CA State Senator Mark Leno-100 Black Women Tea 2013

CA State Senator Mark Leno
100 Black Women Tea 2013

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