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Melba Moore, Mary Wilson among honorees at Urban League’s Salute to Women Gala June 17


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Melba Moore, Mary Wilson among honorees at

Urban League’s Salute to Women Gala

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is poised to honor distinguished women in leadership on the local and national levels. The 12th Annual Salute to Women in Leadership Gala will take place at the Renaissance Grand Hotel on June 17, 2016 with a black-tie reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Salute Awards Ceremony will be followed by a concert by National Recording Artist Freddie Jackson.

“We are proud to recognize women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve their communities. The Urban League is proud to give recognition to outstanding women who embody the mission of our organization to help create opportunities for disadvantaged and overlooked individuals and communities,” said Michael P. McMillan.

Women to be honored at this year’s festivities include:  Melba Moore, Broadway/Actress/Vocalist; Mary Wilson, founding member of the Supremes; Cheryl Jones, CEO of Girls Inc.; Sharon John, president and CEO of Build-A-Bear; Kathy Walker Steele, central regional coordinator of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; Michelle Tucker, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Business and Community Engagement; Stacy M. Edwards, manager of the William J. Harris Education Center for St. Louis Community College; Marsha Rusnack, Civic Leader; Linda Harris, Senior Vice President of Administration and Compliance for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; Jamala Rogers, founding member of Organization for Black Struggle; Judy Bentley, founder and President/CEO of Community Health-In-Partnership Services (CHIPS Health and Wellness Center); Linda Spradley Dunn, CEO and Founder of Odyssey Media; Brenda Clayton Davis, Urban League Guild Member of the Year; and Tonja Sesley-Baymon, Urban League CEO of the Year.



The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is a social service and advocacy organization that works to fulfill its mission of Empowering Communities and Changing Lives.  Programs are offered in the areas of Economic Empowerment, Meeting Families Basic Needs, Educational Quality and Equality and Civic Engagement and Social Justice. Proceeds from the Salute to Women will benefit Urban League programs and services. To purchase tickets or ads, please call (314) 615-3668.


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