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For Immediate Release:
March 23, 2011
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Gerard Philippeaux

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Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson named as one of Ford’s South Florida Freedom’s Sisters


On Saturday, March 19, 2011, in recognition of Women’s History Month, Ford Motor Company Fund, in partnership with a Miami Gardens-based non-profit mentoring program, The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc., hosted its South Florida Freedom’s Sisters Luncheon at the Hollywood Beach Marriott recognizing 20 remarkable women. Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson was among the honorees.

Ford selected the honorees after conducting a citywide search for exceptional women who exemplify dedication to social causes and humanitarian efforts, all attributes possessed by the 20 phenomenal women who are part of the original Freedom’s Sisters national exhibition.

“We were amazed by the inspirational stories of the extraordinary women who touched the lives of people in the South Florida community,” said Pamela Alexander, Director of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “It was a challenge to select just 20 South Florida Freedom’s Sisters as all of the nominees truly embodied the spirit of the nationally recognized Freedom’s Sisters."

Also honored were:

Nichole Anderson, Police Chief of South Broward County; Alison D. Austin, CEO TACOLCY Center; Marleine Bastien, CEO FANM - Haitian Women of Miami; Armenthia Dozier-Hodge, Educator, Beacon Hill Preparatory School; Dorothy Jenkins Fields, CEO, The Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc.; Karen Andre, Attorney and Legislative Consultant; Georgia Jones Ayers, Director, The Alternative Programs, Inc.; Felicia M. Brunson, Vice Mayor, City of West Park;  Persephone Taylor Gary, Facilitator, Youth Advisory Council; Shirley Gibson, Mayor, City of Miami Gardens; Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Director, Diaspora Vibe and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator; Barbara J. Jordan, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 1; Dr. Sonjia Kenya, Professor of Family Medicine  and Community Health at the University of Miami; Frederica S. Wilson, Congresswoman, CEO, 5000 Role Models; Thelma Gibson, CEO, Theodore R. Gibson Memorial Fund; Camille Jones, Director, Hands 2 Help, Inc.; Sharon Kendrick-Johnson, Founder, Pumps, Pearls and Portfolios (PP&P); Saliha Nelson, Vice President, URGENT, INC. and Kathleen Woods-Richardson, Director, Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management.

L-R:  Kevin Frazier co-host of "The Insider" TV show; Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson; Dr. Sonia Sánchez, legendary poet, author and activist; and Pamela Alexander, Director, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services.