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TSD Women of Excellence gala set for April 27

    The New Tri-State Defender will honor and recognize the ­significant ­achievements, contributions and work of outstanding African-American women from the Greater Memphis community during its sixth annual Women of Excellence Brunch and Awards Celebration at the Memphis Botanic Gardens on April 27.

    "Women have long been the backbone of our community, contributing significantly to our growth and progress," said TSD President/ Publisher Bernal E. Smith II. "They deserve a day of recognition and reward for all they do and for all they mean to us."

    The Women of Excellence Awards salute honorees who are in the forefront of all sectors from politics and public service to business and entertainment. Each woman should possess demonstrated success within her field of endeavor, be a positive role model whose contributions encourage others, and be active in community service or organizational involvement.

    Each candidate must be a local (Greater Memphis area) African American woman executive, business owner, or community leader.

    "We look forward to a robust number of nominations and to selecting another phenomenal group of women to recognize for their service and steadfast commitment to excellence," said Smith.

    The WOE gala event will begin at 10 a.m. The champagne brunch will feature a live art auction, a musical tribute and a special guest speaker, who will be announced soon.

    "As always, we are expecting a sold out crowd, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets and tables early," Smith said.

    Tickets are $65 and tables of ten are $600. For more information, contact the TSD at 90-523-1818, visit tsdmemphis. com, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    It's all about honoring and uplifting African-American women "who have consistently made a difference in the lives of others and in making Memphis a better place to live," said Smith.

    "We invite the community to join us in celebrating the TSD 2013 Women of Excellence."

    All nomination forms must be received by March 8 at 5 p.m. Find nomination forms here.

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