Nicole Brown Simpson Focus of Luncheon Speaker

by Joy Donovan on July 17, 2011

Tanya Brown, sister of the late Nicole Brown Simpson

Tanya Brown, youngest sister of the late Nicole Brown Simpson, will be the featured speaker at the annual Legacy of Women Awards Luncheon Oct. 14 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.

Tanya Brown and her family created The Nicole Brown Foundation in 1994 to educate communities on strategies to prevent domestic violence. Nicole Brown Simpson’s famous husband, O.J. Simpson was accuse of her murder in 1994 before being found not guilty in a controversial decision. Tanya Brown recently was the keynote speaker at The Sixth Annual Conference to Promote Mental Health and Prevent Mental Illness in Washington, D.C.

A frequent guest on national TV programs, Tanya Brown is completing her master’s degree in counseling at Argosy University.

The speaker will be just one of many highlights at the luncheon that honors outstanding community women in a variety of professions.

Winners and their categories are:

Arts–Arlington: Shirley Orr, Theatre Arlington;Fort Worth: Deborah Ferguson, NBC 5; and Northeast Tarrant County: Cheri Irwin, portrait artist

Business–Arlington: Connie Gauntt, Gene Allen’s Gift Stores; Fort Worth: Patricia Cole, Decker Jones; and Northeast Tarrant County: Roxann Taylor, Roxann Taylor and Associates Realtors.

Education–Arlington: Judy Leflore, University of Texas at Arlington; Fort Worth: Triesha Light;Northeast Tarrant County: Shae Stanfield-McGarrah, Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district.

Health and Human Services–Arlington: Jackie Finch, Cancer Research Foundation of North Texas; Fort Worth: Dr. Karen Albritton, Cook Children’s Medical Center; and Northeast Tarrant County: Jenny Ellis, Texas Health HEB Hospital.

Volunteerism–Arlington: Laura Distefano; Fort Worth: Martine Ginsberg and Ginny Richards, Gill Children’s Services; and Northeast Tarrant County: Karen Parsinen.

SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a nonprofit organization that exists to end family violence, operates two emergency shelters.  In 2010, SafeHaven sheltered more than 2,338 adult and child victims and provided non-residential services through our Resource Centers to more than 3,300 other clients.

For more information, visit or call 817-535-6462.

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