Audrey H. Lawson IMPACT Awards Luncheon & Fashion Show Celebrates 51 Years of Serving the Houston Community
Erynn Haskins | 4/14/2014, 6:41 p.m.
The Women’s Guild of Wheeler Avenue Inner City Visions, Inc. presented the 51st Annual Audrey H. Lawson IMPACT Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show honoring women in the Houston area who have contributed greatly to the community and excelled in their chosen profession.
The event, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Houston, is a major fundraiser for the organization. All the proceeds helped benefit educational programs and outreach services provided by Wheeler Avenue Inner City Visions, Inc.
LaTricia Williams chaired this year’s event with Tarita Davis and Dr. Polly Sparks Turner serving as event co-chairs. Renowned Houston Anchor and Reporter at ABC 13 Melanie Lawson returned to emcee the affair that is named in honor of her mother. Under the theme “Changing the World Through Beauty, Family and Style,” attendees showed off their personal style in Sunday best ensembles.
Annually a distinguished group of Houstonians is recognized for their various achievements. This year’s honorees in medicine and health included Sherilyn Gordon Burroughs, M.D., FACS. and Paula Johnson Ealy, MS. In the area of business, Vernita Harris was honored and in fine arts/music Betty Gregg Hollins. In civic/politics Jackie Pope, Tia Locke-Simmons, and Marianne Young Walker were also honored. During their recognition, the women walked the runway in their best fashions and received the IMPACT Award.
The angelic sounds of Gospel singer Kathy Taylor and Gerra Gistand filled the ballroom while lunch was served. Subsequently, Dr. Rose Austin was honored as Member of the Year and door prizes were given out to a few lucky guests.
The highlight of the event came with a fashion show that featured styles from Dillard’s Galleria, Think Twice Fashions, and Woody’s Furs. Models walked the runway dressed in apparel themed as Bridal, Work/School, The Family, and Date Night.
Following the fashion show, Women’s Guild President Irene Allen gave closing remarks with special thanks to this year’s sponsors including: H-E-B; Envisions
Marketing Services/Vernita Harris; Bayway Lincoln; CenterPoint Energy; Diedra and Terrence Fontaine; The Guess Group, Inc.; MJWJ Radio; Carla Ortique, MD; Ready-To-Go Transportation/Paul Johnson-Ealy; Buffalo Soldiers National Museum; Byron Bryant; Denny’s; Foston International; Drs. Jakeen and Garfield Johnson; Mayberry Homes; McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy, LLP; State Representative Sylvester Turner; Stewart Cadillac; Texas Spring Cypress Chapter of The Links, Inc.; and Hyatt Regency Houston.