The elegance of high fashioned women in hats and gloves set the tone for the recent 12th annual Golden Girls Bridging the Generations Hats & Gloves Tea at the Fairmont Hotel.
Hosted by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, San Francisco chapter and Mistress of Ceremonies Nikki Thomas, the March 4 event celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring women of excellence in the community.
Lee Murphy Reid, the chapter’s founder, says the signature event highlights the achievements of women who “would not otherwise be recognized.” “Women have always been a powerful force in the community and a force for change,” she said.
“Our calling is to serve and help one another,” said Chapter President Maxine Hickman. “Our chapter throughout the year provides programs supporting health, education and the arts.”
Marry Stutts, vice president of External Affairs for Comcast NBCU California, delivered the keynote address. “You are all queens,” she said. “Step into your greatness, and be the change you wish to see in this world.”
Dr. Lisa Dyson, founder & CEO of Kiverdi, received the Advocacy award for her work in technology, developing agricultural solutions.
For touching the lives of many with the KMEL World Hit Gospel show, radio personality Tinka Floyd-Blackmon received the Arts award.
Yvette Radford, regional vice president of External and Community Affairs for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, was awarded the Community Service award. She echoed Senator Scott Weiner’s call for continued action at the local level. “We must work together as a community to generate the changes we seek in our cities,” she said.
Educator Virginia P. Marshall, a 30-year veteran of the San Francisco Unified School District, received the Education award, and California Pacific Medical Center received the Corporate honor.
CEO and President of Alternative Roofing Solutions Letitia Hanke received the Entrepreneur award, successfully employing two-dozen workers. “I began The Lime Foundation to assist the underserved, and through my company I am able to provide sustainable jobs,” she said.
Healthcare consultant Dr. Brenda B. Spriggs, co-author of numerous scientific papers on systemic lupus erythematosus and Reiter’s disease, received the Health award. Karen Jenkins-Johnson, founder of Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, received the Trailblazer award.
Community activist Ollie Mixon, a longtime advocate for San Francisco’s Bayview Hunter’s Point district, received the Golden Girl award. Mixon is an active member of the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church. She credited her community involvement to the late San Francisco Supervisor, Willie B. Kennedy.
“Willie B. Kennedy opened the door for me to serve the community in a greater capacity,” said Mixon.
Veteran pianist Ricardo Scales provided classical music. The younger generation of entertainment included performances by 18- year-old Alexis Angulo, a senior at Berkeley High School and member of the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra, and 9-year-old Memphis Dempsey.