Memphis, TN, March 24, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is pleased to announce Jasmine Guy as its 2014 Annual Tribute Luncheon Keynote Speaker. The Annual Tribute Luncheon is one of three events that comprise the Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium during the month of April.
The month begins with the Legends Awards Reception on Thursday, April 17 at the Columns of One Commerce Square (40 S. Main) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. On Thursday, April 24, the Annual Tribute Luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. and the Youth Leadership Forum will be immediately after from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center (255 N. Main.)
“The Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium is a celebration of the passion and power of women and we are excited to welcome Jasmine Guy as our keynote speaker,” said Ruby Bright, Executive Director/CAO of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. “In addition to being a talented dancer and star of the stage and screen, she champions causes that support the safety and rights of women and girls everywhere.”
The Annual Tribute Luncheon gathers more than 1,600 civic leaders, businesses, faith organizations, and local foundations to celebrate the impact women leaders have on the Memphis community. All proceeds from the Annual Tribute Luncheon & Symposium benefit the annual grant-making of the Foundation.
Keynote speaker Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theater and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City.
After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the role of Whitley Gilbert on the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World. She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle. Her other television performances include: Melrose Place; NYPD Blue; Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Living Single. She also directed the world premiere of the opera, I Dream, celebrating the life and journey of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre.
Jasmine's most recent role, recurring as Grams on the popular series Vampire Diaries, can be seen on the CW Network. Her ongoing desire to blend balance and discipline with ambition and service continues to fuel her passion for the arts. She is also the spokesperson for the I Am Not Yours! Campaign, a vehicle to assist organizations who are in the fight against child sex trafficking.
“The WFGM does great work in helping to fund programs that help make financial stability possible for women and their families living below the poverty level, and for this reason alone, I am excited to be attending their upcoming tribute luncheon on April 24,” said keynote speaker for the event, actress Jasmine Guy. “The fact that I know that once I step off the plane in Memphis I am going to be eating some of the best barbecue in the world, is just icing on the cake."
The Annual Tribute Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2013, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 North Main Street. Seats for the luncheon are $125 and tables are $1,250.
The Legends Award Reception pays tribute to women whose work embodies the mission of the Women’s Foundation. The purpose of the Legends Award is to applaud these honorees, whose visionary and innovative work is paramount in their specialized areas of outreach. The 2014 Legends Awards honorees are Nancy Bogatin, Dr. Erma Clanton, Frances Dancy Hooks, Mary Shainberg and Modeane Thompson. The Legends Awards recipients will be honored through one-of-a-kind works of art and prose that exemplify their accomplishments and contributions to the community. The works of art and prose created in their honor will be unveiled for the first time at the Legends Award Reception on Thursday, April 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at The Columns at One Commerce Square (40 South Main Street). Seats for the reception are $75 and tables are $600.
The Legends Awards recipients will be honored through one-of-a-kind works of art and prose that exemplify their accomplishments and contributions to the community. The works of art and prose created in their honor will be unveiled for the first time at the Legends Award Reception. Seats for the reception are $75 and tables are $600. For more information on the Legends Award honorees and reception, visit www.wfgm.org or call 901-578-9346.
The Youth Leadership Forum is a free education forum for high school girls to gain insight about relevant issues. More than 100 girls participate in creative leadership exercises, meet and dialogue with the Keynote Speaker, Jasmine Guy and engage in guided peer discussion. The event is on Thursday, April 24 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
For more information on the Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium, visit www.wfgm.org or call 901-578-9346 to obtain a media credential.
The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1995. WFGM is one of the fastest growing women’s funds and among the top members of the Women’s Funding Network. The mission of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is to encourage philanthropy and foster leadership among women and support programs that enable women and children to reach their full potential.
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