NCNW Chicago Central Section Hosts 6th Annual Honors Breakfast

NCNW Chicago Central Section Hosts 6th Annual Honors Breakfast

The Central Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women of Chicago held its 6th Annual Honors Breakfast on March 19 at Belvedere Castle. The theme “Celebrating Women and Community Organizations of Excellence” honored women for their achievements in education, community service, business and game-changing. The annual event allows the chapter to d raise funds to support their efforts in the community, which also includes scholarships.

The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1935 by educator, civil rights leader, and government official Mary McLeod Bethune. NCNW’s mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW addresses welfare and human rights issues through public education, community service, and advocacy.

NCNW Chicago Central Chapter was founded in 2010 by visionary Malaun Rice and a group of women who saw the need to take a stand to save young girls and the community. With a membership of over 70 dedicated women, the chapter continues to demonstrate initiatives through various programs and partnerships in the community. In 2019, the chapter became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

This year’s affair included breakfast, live music, raffles and fellowship. Guests who attended wore stylish fascinators and unique hats. Acclaimed actress, author, evangelist and creative visionary Maura Gale was the master of ceremonies.

Chicago Central Chapter President Dr. Ramona E. James opened the event with a moment of silence in remembrance of the lives lost to COVD-19.

Regina Major, NCNW National Board Member at Large, sent her regards to congratulate the chapter on an outstanding event and praised their tireless work in the community. Major encouraged guests to join NCNW. “When sisters stand side by side, nothing can separate us. NCNW is 87 years strong, and we have many more years to go,” says Major.

The awards ceremony began with Dr James presenting Jacqueline Record, daughter of the late Tommy Sutton, founder of the Mayfair Dance Academy, with a check for $500.00 and the Community Service Award. The Mayfair Dance Academy has been a cultural landmark in the community for 63 years.

Dr. James recognized two Section members for their hard work and dedication over the past two years. The 2022 Woman of the Year was awarded to Treasurer Michelle Bauseman and Service and Outreach Committee Chair Deborah Jones.

Dr. James honored Senior Vice President and Fundraising Chair Andrea Botley with a bouquet of flowers for her hard work and commitment.

Outgoing President Melinda Hill presented the 2020 Woman of the Year to Dr. James, who has worn many hats, demonstrated leadership and excellence.

NCNW Chicago DefenderAwards were given to women who have achieved success in their careers and their contributions to the community. The 2022 winners are:

  • Chiquerra Brown – Game Changer
  • Dr. Denitra D. Griffin – Business/Entrepreneur
  • Robin Woolery – Community Service
  • Rev. Yolanda E. Morris – Community Service (Honourable Mention)
  • Natasha Robinson, Esq. – Higher Education

The honor breakfast ended with the raffle of elaborate gift baskets and the anticipated hat parade, where the ladies took to the dance floor showcasing their finest hats.

For more information about the Central Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women of Chicago, visit and social media @ccsncnw.

Tammy Gibson is an author, reenactor and Black History traveler. Find her on social media @sankofatravelher.