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Women's Commission hosts event
The Mecklenburg County Women's Commission hosts a Meet and Greet Power Networking event on May 14

April 29, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"Purses, Platforms & Power"

WOMEN LEADERS INVITED TO MEET, GREET AT

PRESIDENT'S NETWORK EVENT

Charlotte, NC - Women leaders or leaders-to-be in Mecklenburg County are invited to meet and greet at a brunch and exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South. "The President's Network" is an annual networking event for presidents of local women's organizations, hosted by the Women's Commission Advisory Board.

• Saturday, May 14, 2005

• 11 a.m.

• Levine Museum of the New South, 200 East Seventh Street, Charlotte

Following the brunch, guests may tour the "Purses, Platforms & Power" exhibit on how women transformed Charlotte in the 1970s. The registration fee is $15, which includes admission and brunch. Parking is free at the Seventh Street Station adjacent to the museum. For registration information, call Debbie Guilbault at the Women's Commission at 704-336-4309.

Each president or representative will speak a few minutes on her organization's mission and activities. Exhibits will offer organizational materials and brochures.

The Women's Commission Advisory Board will also honor June Kimmel at the brunch. Ms. Kimmel is retiring after serving 21 years as a region director for the North Carolina Council for Women/Domestic Violence Commission. The council has oversight for the funds that the General Assembly allocates battered women's shelters, rape crisis centers and displaced homemaker programs. Her work includes helping women learn how to be politically active and aware.

Ms. Kimmel has been part of the Women's Agenda project since its inception and is a member of the board of North Carolina Women United. She serves on the League of Women Voters of North Carolina State Board and has been active in the League in four states for over 40 years. She has served as president of the Women's Political Caucus and currently is chair of the Domestic Violence Advisory Board in Mecklenburg County.

The Women's Commission Advisory Board is also inviting organizations to contribute old, used, unwanted cell phones for distribution to domestic violence victims. The phones are programmed to call 911 without requiring a service plan. Any account information still on the phone is deleted before distribution.

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Media contact: Debbie Guilbault (O) 704-336-4309 or guilbdj@co.mecklenburg.nc.us




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