Winners have been named for the 2011 Legacy of Women Awards, chosen annually and honored aÂ fall luncheon benefiting SafeHaven of Tarrant County.
This years luncheon, set for Oct. 14 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, will feature keynote speaker Tanya Brown, youngest sister of the late Nicole Brown Simpson.
Honorees are nominated by the public, and chosen for their outstanding contributionsÂ by specially-formed committees. This year’s winners and their catergories are:
Winners in the artsÂ Shirley Orr, ofÂ Theatre Arlington; Deborah Ferguson,Â news anchor at NBC 5; andÂ portrait artistÂ Cheri Irwin. For the business category, selected were Connie Gauntt, owner of Gene Allenâ€™s Gift Stores; attorneyÂ Patricia Cole; andÂ Realtor and broker Roxann Taylor.
Education honorees include Judy Leflore, director of the Pediatric and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Programs at University of Texas at Arlington; Triesha Light, psychology professor at Tarrant County College;Â and Shea Stanfield-McGarrah, pre-kindergarten coordinator for the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district. Winning for health and human services are Jackie Finch, presidentÂ ofÂ Cancer Research Foundation of North Texas; Dr. Karen Albritton, director of adolescent and young adult oncology at Cook Childrenâ€™s Medical Center; and Jenny Ellis, oncology nurse specialist at Texas Health HEB Hospital.
Outstanding for their volunteerism are Laura Distefano, Martine Ginsburg, Ginny Richards and Karen Parsinen.
Guest speaker 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 ex-husband, O.J. Simpson was accused 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.