Kandys Thomas; Tracy Wilson Mourning, founder of Honey Shine Mentoring Program; Tammy Scott; Renee Roberson
South Florida’s most vulnerable and often forgotten – young girls at risk – had the chance to shine in the spotlight, and were joined by over five hundred women who sported hats of all kinds, on Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 at Jungle Island for Tracy Wilson Mourning’s 6th Annual Hats Off Luncheon presented by the ING Foundation.
The annual event benefited Honey Shine Mentoring Program, a program of Alonzo Mourning Charities, that works to empower young girls to shine as women. The bi-weekly workshops and summer camp that make up the program help develop and nurture the mind, body, and soul, of young women by providing experiences that enlighten and create balance in their lives.
A dozen girls – a.k.a. “Honey Bugs” – were dressed in high style with the latest spring fashions and strutted their stuff to adoring fans at a fashion show sponsored by Aventura Mall during the Hats Off Luncheon. “Our hearts and sincere gratitude go out to all our supporters who contributed to make this year’s luncheon yet another success,” said Mourning, founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program. Hats Off has grown not only in size and popularity, but also in awareness in the importance of what Honey Shine does and means to the community.”
Frances Thompkins, Director of Office of Corporate Citizenship and Responsibility and Vice President of ING Foundation, Tracy Wilson Mourning and Veronica Webb, Fashion Accomplice on Bravo TV’s new series “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style”
A diverse group of members, sponsors, donors, mentors and volunteers, including Veronica Webb - who led the Honey Bugs on how to grace the runway, raised proceeds at the luncheon for the Honey Shine Mentoring Program which funds bi-weekly workshops for young girls and Camp Honey Shine, a four-week summer day camp at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove, Florida for one hundred girls enrolled in the program.
“The ING Foundation proudly supports the Hats Off Luncheon and the Honey Shine Mentoring Program,” said ING Foundation President Rhonda Mims. “These important programs offer an incredible opportunity to help empower young girls in South Florida. Like the Honey Shine Mentoring Program and Alonzo Mourning Charities, we are committed to our children’s education, motivation and preparing them for tomorrow.”
Guests at the popular luncheon, which featured Local 10 News anchor/reporter Neki Mohan as Mistress of Ceremonies, enjoyed a reception and silent auction, luncheon, “Honey Bug” Fashion Show, and delicious desserts courtesy of Heavenly Cupcakes all in the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island in Miami.
Tracy Wilson Mourning, Neki Mohan, Local 10 News Reporter/Anchor and Hats Off Luncheon Mistress of Ceremonies and Frances ThompkinsGuest, Aida Mijares, Maria Meruelo, Tracy Wilson Mourning, Irene Korge and Kristina Korge
Tracy Wilson Mourning; Joanie Graham; Joan Graham; Andrea Graham, Program Director, Honey Shine Mentoring Program; and Norma Jean Abraham
Yvonne Golden, Kristina Korge, Irene Korge, Norma Jean Abraham, Amaris Jones
"Nana" (Jean) Wilson, Guest, Mirta Fuentes, Amy Halsey and Carla Penn
“The fashion show was a great way to have the girls, whom are often lost in the shadows, feel beautiful as well as put a face to what is a very important cause in our community,” said Mourning. “I encourage and invite other women to invest in these girls because with just a little attention and mentoring, it’s amazing how much we can help them discover their inner light, their value and ignite a passion to learn and reach their potential.”
For more information on the Honey Shine Mentoring Program as well as a membership or donation kit, contact 305/476-0095 or visit http://www.honeyshine.org/.
In photo: Zabhrya Tillman, 5th Grader, Downtown Miami Charter School
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