The Junior League of Lee County recently hosted more than 80 members of the public at the EMPOWER Women’s Leadership event at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center. At the January 7 breakfast, five women were honored with Distinguished Woman of Service Awards for their serviceable contributions to Lee County. This year’s inspiring guest speaker was Auburn University women’s basketball head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, aka “Coach Flo.”
The honorees who received Distinguished Woman of Service Awards included Tina Evans, family engagement supervisor for the Alabama Council on Human Relations, Inc.; Elsie Lott, Community Market coordinator, Food Bank of East Alabama; Kim Hudson, attorney and co-founder, Hudson Family Foundation; Sidney James Nakhjavan, executive director, Cary Center and Women's Philanthropy Board; and Dena Little, founder and executive director, Storybook Farm.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the new year and decade than with an event to inspire women in our community to pursue their passions and make a lasting impact on others,” said Noemi Oeding, vice president of fundraising for Junior League of Lee County. “The women who were honored at the event and our speaker, Coach Flo, are incredible examples of leadership, service and excellence. We are thankful for their participation as well as the enthusiasm shared by those in attendance.”
Proceeds from this event will be used to further Junior League of Lee County’s mission to serve school-age girls and young women in our community by empowering them to build confidence and offering resources to help them overcome their challenges. Sponsors of the event included R&R Landscaping, Auburn Network (Wings 94.3, ESPN 106.7, WAWI 98.7, WLEE 96.3) and GE Aviation. The Junior League’s next event is the Mad Hatter’s Tea and silent auction on Sunday, April 19. More details are forthcoming.
The Junior League of Lee County, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Visit juniorleagueofleecounty.com for more information.
Left to right: Dena Little, Elsie Lott, Tina Evans, Sidney James Nakhjavan