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The Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment Holds Successful Tenth Anniversary Tea

May 15, 2016 was the Tenth Anniversary of the Giving Back Stepping Forward Afternoon Tea presented by the Institute of Wonderful Women Working (IWWWE) for Empowerment at the Greenacres Country Club in Lawrence Township, NJ.The annual event has grown stronger and better each year.This year highlights included a presentation on “Hats” presented by the Peoples Verse Speaking, the best spring bonnet contest.A special presentation, “A Mother’s Love”by the Dream Makers Dance Studios, was done to support the protégés’ who told the story of their lives and how they benefited from the work of IWWWE.Each of the two protégés had extremely compelling to the audience.The best spring bonnet contest is a perennial favorite, as is the parade of hats.The year the winner was Markita Loveand the runner up was Joan Vandenmiere (see picture).Hats and Hat Vending was provided by Hazel’s Boutique.Other Vendors included Silpada, Tea For All and Keep Yourself Smelling.Music was provided The Renegades.

The program honored Elsie Pilgrim, Dr. Joseph Youngblood and Jeffery Robbins and the Family Guidance as Community Partner for their service.  This year, a new feature was to give the “impact Award” to a former protégé who is now continuing her studies.  The “Impact Award went to Merlinde Saintilma, a 2015 graduate of the Mercer County Health Care Career Center and the Experienceship Program.  We appreciate photography from Escarpeta Photography and graphic design by Diane Kluxon. Thanks to all who attended and who participated.  We look forward to seeing everyone next year.

Elsie Pilgrim

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