First ladies and other female leadership of local African-American churches gathered Saturday morning at Bridges USA for a high tea luncheon in support of LeMoyne-Owen College and the United Negro College Fund.
Along with refreshments and fellowship, several women were honored for their commitment to the Memphis community.
“It’s a great way, as a ‘friendraiser,’ for the president to meet some of the female faith leaders in the community. I think it’s great,” LeMoyne-Owen College’s vice president for institutional advancement Tony Neal said.
Returning from a four-year hiatus, he said that this year’s event is tailored to highlight the college’s first female president, Dr. Andrea Miller, and her connection with other women in Memphis.
“That’s what this is all about,” Neal said. “It’s not always about raising money, it’s about building relationships and expanding those relationships.”
“LeMoyne-Owen is supported hugely by the faith community,” Miller said. “They have, through the years, continuously supported LeMoyne-Owen, whether it be in student activities, scholarships or operating funds.”
While it was a Saturday event, many of the guests came dressed in their “Sunday’s best” attire, complete with elaborate, vibrant church hats.
Pamela Helton, first lady of New Hope Baptist Church in Southaven, wore large, pink headgear to accentuate a paisley suit she purchased while vacationing with her husband, Pastor Sherman Helton, in China. During the tea, she was acknowledged as a jetsetter whose mission work extends beyond the local community and into countries such as Ghana.
“A lot of the things that we hear on the news is propaganda,” Helton said. “When you go and see (these places) for yourself, it’s completely different.”
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Source: Daily Memphian