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Actor Is Speaker At Women of Color Expo

Event Is Set For April 6 At Metro Tech

Lance Gross, the actor, will be the speaker at the Women of Color Expo & Festival, and a court administrator, a middle school principal, a restaurant owner and a corporate executive will be among this year’s awards recipients.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 6, at Metro Tech, 1900 Springlake Dr.

This is the 11th annual festival and exposition is sponsored by Perry Publishing & Broadcasting.

The awards luncheon will be held and Mr. Gross, known for his role in Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne,” will be the luncheon speaker.

KRMP AM/FM Heart and Soul 92.1 & 140 radio personalities Phoenix and Launa West will serve as masters of ceremonies of the luncheon.

Tickets to the luncheon are $40 and can be purchased online at ticketstorm.com or by phone at 1 (866) 966-1777 or stop by the Perry Publishing & Broadcasting, 1457 NE 23rd St.

A variety of entrepreneurs will display their products and offer food and refreshments throughout the event.

Awards recipients are:

• Florence Jones, owner of Florence’s Restaurant, will be presented a Lifetime Achievement Award;

• LaShawn Thompson, administrator of Oklahoma City Municipal, will be named Woman of the Year;

• Capt. Vashina Butler o the Oklahoma City Police Department, and Kamisha D. Busby, project director of the Central Oklahoma Healthy Start Initiative, will both receive Impact Woman of the year Awards;

• Courtney Franklin, an executive with Love’s Travel Stops and Country stores, will receive a Corporate Woman of the Year Award;

• Dena Adams, owner of the Northeast Tag Agency, will receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award;

• Dr. Christina Kirk, of Rogers Middle School, will be named Educator of the Year;

• Kitti Asberry, with Relay for Life for Oklahoma Cancer Society, will be named Public Servant of the Year;

• Alina Wilson, graduating senior of Heritage Hall and Morgan Davis, junior at the University of Central Oklahoma, will receive Black Girls Rock Awards.

Mercedes-Benz of Oklahoma City is giving patrons the opportunity to register to win a free Mercedes-Benz.

This year expo is sponsored by Mid-America Christian University, FOX 25; AARP, Mercedes-Benz of Oklahoma City, Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Metro Technology Centers, Zaxby’s and Southern Nazarene University.

Lance Gross, the actor who appears on Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne,” will be the speaker at the Women of Color expo.

Gloria Wilson

Florence Jones

Courtney Franklin

Dena Adams

Kitti Asberry

LaShawn Thompson

Alina Wilson

Kamisha Busby

Dr. Christina Kirk

Morgan Davis

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