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GIRL INC. CELEBRATES 65 YEARS OF EMPOWERMENT

GIRL INC. CELEBRATES 65 YEARS OF EMPOWERMENT

Many of the city’s most influential citizens gathered Thursday, June 9, to celebrate the Memphis girls and women who embody the “Strong, Smart and Bold” motto of Girls Inc.

The Memphis affiliate of the national nonprofit, whose mission is to uplift, inspire and empower the female leaders of tomorrow, celebrated 65 years of bettering the lives of Memphis girls during a celebration luncheon at Christ United Methodist Church.

The packed East Memphis ballroom included Girls Inc. mentors and board members, representatives from Memphis-based businesses and partner nonprofits, and most importantly, dozens of girls, ages 6 through 18, served by the organization, wearing green T-shirts embossed with the Girls Inc motto.

Four women in the community were recognized as roles models, including Kim Cherry executive vice president of corporate communications for First Tennessee Bank, who also serves on the board of Memphis Athletic Ministries. Cherry received the Community Leader Strong Award.

Barbara Holden-Nixon, a consultant to the Urban Child Institute, was honored with the Community Leader Bold Award. The former president of the Mental Health Association of Shelby County and Tennessee enabled progressive mental health reforms. (more)

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Article by AISLING MAKI, The Daily News | Read full article here