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Center for Women to host 'Be Brave' celebration

  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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The Center for Women (C4W) will host their annual “Be Brave” celebration on Friday, Aug. 1. The “Be Brave Brunch” will take place at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Cooper River Room from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This is also in conjunction with Women's Equality Month in August.

After dozens of online submissions for brave individuals in the community, the panel of judges have chosen the top four to be honored Aug. 1. The winners are, in no particular order, Leslie Crawford Moore, Elisabeth Spencer, Alison Piepmeier and Debbie Stanitski. Their brave stories were submitted and judged upon areas of advocacy, community change, involvement and courage.

“The Center for Women has encountered bravery in so many people we have met or been involved with through our programming and community partnerships. This event is to recognize those who stand out among the crowd, as well as inspire others,” stated Amy Brennan, executive director of the C4W. “Our hope is that when attendees hear their stories and the amazing story of our nationally known keynote speaker Allison Black Cornelieus, they will be encouraged, empowered and empathetic to those brave women who have come before us and paved our way.”

Cornelieus began her advocacy career as a volunteer working with abused children in 1988 at an Exchange Club Family Skills Center. She was one of the first graduates of United Way of America's Project Blueprint, a governance training initiative for women and minorities.

Cornelieus' work includes a professional speaking and training tour that numbers more than 100 public appearances each year to groups nationwide. In February 2001, she was honored by being invited to speak to the first lady and all 50 governors' wives and husbands of the United States at the Kennedy Center in Washington. In 1996, she was selected to run the Olympic Torch by the Atlanta–Birmingham Committee for the Olympic Games.

To hear these stories of bravery and to celebrate women's equality month, people are encouraged to get tickets quickly as seats are limited. Tickets start at $35 and include a catered brunch by Three Little Birds Café and Bloody Mary station by Tito's Vodka and Fat and Juicy Mix. For parents, we are pleased to also include childcare provided by Teacups and Trucks, a full-service themed party planning business.

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