Dozens of people packed into Pearl’s Place restaurant Sept. 13 not only to enjoy a hearty breakfast, but to help Segmented Marketing Service Inc. and General Mills put on its Feeding Dreams “Get Together.” Women who have made indelible m
Dozens of people packed into Pearl’s Place restaurant Sept. 13 not only to enjoy a hearty breakfast, but to help Segmented Marketing Service Inc. and General Mills put on its Feeding Dreams “Get Together.” Women who have made indelible marks on the community were celebrated and on program. The event also focused on education and health.
Feeding Dreams is a national initiative that honors African American mothers who work tirelessly for their family and community. The program features local “Get Togethers” like the one held at Pearl’s where the agenda includes paying tribute to a local “hero” in education or health, and having professionals speak on the subjects.
Donna Thompson, CEO of Access Community Health Network, was honored as the Feeding Dreams Outstanding Mom at the Tuesday morning breakfast. Her health organization created and promotes the annual Pin-A-Sister breast cancer awareness campaign that has female members of faith congregations make a pledge to be mindful of their breast health as they pin pink ribbons on each other during worship services on Mother’s Day.
“It’s our (goal) to make sure…we leave no women behind,” Thompson told the crowd at Pearl’s about the breast cancer awareness campaign.
Thompson was presented with a plaque and a gift bag.
SMSi Founder and CEO Sandra Miller Jones served as the event emcee, and presided over a program that included a moving gospel music selection by Isaiah Robinson, remarks by Kara Davis, M.D., of the Christian Community Health Center on family health and on education by Maryann Grossett, a retired teacher, sister-in-law of the late comedian Bernie Mac and executive director of the foundation bearing his name.
“There’s nothing like Dr. Mom,” said Davis, an internal medicine physician.
She talked about ways mothers could help their children “walk into adulthood with optimal health.”
Grossett told the attendees “you are either a dream keeper or a dream killer” as she offered tips to parents on how they can effectively work with their children’s teachers.
Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown and Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) were among the attendees.
The event opened and closed with prayer by Rev. Bernada Baker. Rev. Dr. Barbara Wilson of Coppin Memorial Church and Lawrence Hayes were raffle winners. Joyce LeFlore is SMSi lead ambassador.
Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender