Roses for Outstanding Women

Thirty-eight women will be honored at the 9th Annual Roses for Outstanding Women Awards Program on Saturday, March 3 at the Downtown Central Library auditorium. This is the largest number of honorees in the history of the Awards Program. The program will be dedicated to Retired Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant and Mrs. Joan Sutton for her contributions to her church – the First Shiloh Baptist Church. Each woman will receive a red rose and certificates from city and state officials. Doors open at 1:00 and the program will begin at 1:30.

The keynote speaker will be well-known business woman Jennifer Parker. Rev. Dr. James A. Lewis will MC the program. Entertainment will include Singer Joyce Carolyn and poetry by Vonetta Rhodes and Allie Freeman. Special recognition will be given to Principal Crystal Barton who organized a conference on African American History for years at McKinley High School. Admission to the program is free and open to the public.

Columnist Eva M. Doyle is the founder of Roses for Outstanding Women Awards.

Rose Awardee’s Include

Laythanette Shine

Charlene Marie Galloway

Erin Moss

Connie Boyd

Sabriyah Smith

Lisa Crosby Brown

Shantee Perkins

Catherine Roberts, Lucille


Barbara Glover

Fragrance Rasheedah


Lorna Hill

Dr. Keli-Koran Luchey

Judy Ervin

Asantewa K. Holley

Marie Mullen

Legislator April Baskin

Pamela Harris

Dr. Davina Moss-King

Yvonne James-Coley

Christi Marchese

Makeda R.Holley

Zaire Doyle

Somalia Doyle

Carol E. Holmes

Johnette Warren-Askew

Jacqueline Bontzolakes

Gwendalina Ingram

Principal Crystal Barton

Daisy Estelle Andeson

Carolyn Kirkwood

Sharon Belton-Cottman

Regina Alinda Givens

Pastor Zandra

Lewis, Joan Sutton

Retired Legislator Betty

Jean Grant, Mwaka Williams

Elaine T. Blyden


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