Women of Color Present Annual Ebony and Ivory Gala

Honorees pictured l-r: Dr. Scot Ackerman, Attorney Rhonda Peoples-Waters, Dr. Wendell P. Holmes (seated), Mrs. Jacquelyn Holmes, Lillie Sullivan, Sylvia Perry, Miss Dejaunni Edwards, WOCCCF President Dr. Helen Jackson, Anita-Osuigwe-Spencer, Jewel Johnson, Dr. Cynthia Griffin, and Dr. Hank Hill. Barlow photo

Last weekend, The Women of Color Cultural Foundation, Inc., hosted their annual Ebony and Ivory Gala at the Hyatt Regency. The WOCCF rolled out the red carpet for their honorees and guests accented by a silent auction and the sounds of the Elite Band. The event’s honorees were recognized because of the significant contributions in health, education, economic development and community service. The evening of elegance also included fine dining, dancing; a musical tribute, and remarks by the honorees. Local news anchor Kumasi Aaron served as mistress of ceremony.


The Women of Color Cultural Foundation, Inc. was established in February 2000 as a nonprofit organization.

The purpose of the Foundation is to address the needs of people of color, to eliminate disparities in health, education, economic development and other areas that affect the equality and common good of society. The Women of Color Cultural Foundation has adopted a vision and mission that embodies the overarching purpose of the organization.

Awards were presented to the following individuals: Scot Ackerman, M.D, Radiation Oncologist, (Health and Safety Award), Dr. Cynthia Griffin, Senior Director of Pharmacy Government, Florida Blue (Health and Safety Award), Hank C. Hill, M.D., Surgical Oncologist, St. Vincent’s Hospital (Health and Safety Award), David Fields, High School Teacher (Education Award), Jewel Johnson, Principal Landrum Middle School, St. Johns County Public Schools (Education Award), Marsha Oliver, Communications Officer, Jacksonville Mayors Office (Education Award), Rhonda Peoples-Waters, Esquire, (Economic Development Award), Sylvia Perry, Managing Editor, Jacksonville Free Press (Economic Development Award), Anita Osuigwe-Spencer, Executive Director, Take The First Step Jax (Economic Award), Jacksonville Beach Elementary Preservation Foundation (Community Service Award), Dr. Wendell P. Holmes, Jr. and Mrs. Jacquelyn Holmes (Distinguished Couple of the Year Award). A $2,000 scholarship was awarded to Miss Universal Teen Dejaunni Edwards, and a donation was also presented to the Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center.
Proceeds from the event will continue to benefit education scholarships and WOCCCF annual events: The Heart of a Woman Luncheon, and Health Symposiums for People of All Nations and other partnership events.

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The Women of Color Cultural Foundation, Inc.
The Women of Color Cultural Foundation, Inc.


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