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Jenifer Lewis, Regina Belle, BernNadette Stanis Among 16 Celebrated at the Urban League’s Salute to Women Gala


On June 15, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis will honor 16 distinguished women in leadership with a sold-out, black-tie reception, dinner and concert at the Salute to Women in Leadership Gala at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.


This year, the Urban League will honor Jenifer Lewis, one of Hollywood’s most familiar faces, with more than 300 appearances in film and television including memorable roles in “Blackish”, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “The Preacher’s Wife.” BernNadette Stanis, star of the groundbreaking, first African American sitcom, “Good Times.” Academy Award winner and Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actress Regina Belle rounds who is best known for her performance of “A Whole New World” with Peabo Bryson rounds off the all-star cast of Salute Lifetime Achievement Award winners. In addition, 13 more phenomenal women in the St. Louis area will be honored.


The other phenomenal women who were honored at this year’s festivities include: Yaphett El-Amin, Executive Director of MOKAN Construction, Robin Boyce, Communications Specialist of the Comptroller’s Office at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, Molly Hyland, Director of Community Relations for Commerce Bank, Miranda Jones, Vice President of Youth, Family and Clinical Services for Better Family Life, Connie Wilson, Executive Assistant to the CEO of Better Family Life, Betty Thompson, Executive Director of Kwame Foundation and the Tyrone Thompson Institute for Nonviolence, Marsha Mockabee, CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland,  Rose Mary Johnson, a retired educator from St. Louis Public Schools and retired Master Sergeant from the United States Army Reserves, Suzy Stone, Division Vice President of Stores for Macy’s, Paula E.W. Carey-Moore, Urban League Director of Housing, Nancy Kranzberg, Arts Philanthropist, Dr. Frances Levine, President & CEO of the Missouri History Museum,  and Maureen Brinkley, District Director for the Small Business Administration-St. Louis office.


“The Urban League is thankful to the community for its ongoing support of the Salute to Women in Leadership. We are also very proud to recognize the outstanding women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve their communities,” said Michael P. McMillan, President & CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc.   


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.


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