AAWSB celebrates 20 years (Debbie’s Lifestyles Photos Nov. 27)

The mission of the African American Women Speakers Bureau (AAWSB) is to provide breast cancer education and community outreach to African American women in local and regional communities surrounding Pittsburgh.

On Oct. 5, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Monroeville, AAWSB celebrated 20 years with their Annual Prayer Brunch with the theme, “We Have Come This Far by Faith.” Over 350 guests enjoyed awesome vendors, a great brunch, smooth sounds by Calvin Stemley on saxophone, dynamic soloist Sonya Carter, praise and worship conducted by Minister Brian Wright and keynote speaker Pastor Katrina Organ from Beulah Baptist Church.

Pastor Organ was beautiful in pink and delivered a strong message on “keeping the faith.” Four members were recognized for being trailblazers with the organization: Derietra Neal Ferguson, RN MSN CNP, Yvonne Durham, Sheryl Bennett, RN and Ebony Hughes, RN. Durham and Hughes were on hand to accept their beautiful loving cups. Cheryl Evans was acknowledged as the longest surviving member. AAWSB donates all proceeds to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

AAWSB thanked their sponsors: Peg Rosenzweig, RN, Bob McCall, Jr., Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. This year’s committee included: Sharon Greene, Cynthia Howard and Lagretta Bush-White. (Email them at AAWSBbureau@gmail.com)

PRAISE AND WORSHIP—Minister Brian Wright (Photos by Debbie Norrell) (Feature Photo)

by Debbie Norrell, Lifestyles Editor


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