Photography by Vicky Pink - The Smahrt Girl Foundation at their 2nd Annual Brunch and Ball Gowns Benefit Gala honored seven dynamic women. Lashanda Gary, Mandy Kao, Delesa O’Dell-Thomas, Dr. Leticia Plummer, and Nicole West were celebrated for being women who lead and embodying the mission and purpose of the foundation. Toni Whitaker was awarded the Icon Award and Mary Young was given the Village Builder Award. Smahrt Girl Foundation founder Pamela Ellis also paid tribute to five students for being girls who exceed. David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, was the keynote speaker. Some in attendance were Dr. Austin & Loren Lane (Event Chairs), Dr. Joseph & Deanna Gathe (Reception Chairs), Darian Ward, Dr. Rachel Davis, Carylon Coleman, Gretchen Campbell, Erica Rouse, Dr. Raegan Flowers, Damali Keith, Torsha Johnson, and Ashamarah Heath.