Phila. City Rep., Sheila Hess, Presents Joan Shepp & Tuesday Gordon-Gaines with Mayoral Proclamation

(Left to Right): MC, Monique Braxton; Ellen Shepp; Joan Shepp; Tuesday Gordon-Gaines; Philadelphia City Rep., Sheila Hess.

Ade Jaie, Ellen Shepp

Artist, Denise Fike, painted portraits of guests

Singer, Yaya Lora

Live performances throughout the night


Guests show off the latest fashions

Family of Tuesday Gordon-Gaines, including mother, Jennie Bennett (center)

Guests enjoy cocktails

Model, Ade Jaiye, showing new Spring arrivals

Fashionable and fun guests!

Another fashion-forward guest!

Fox 29's, Alex Holley, strikes a pose for artist, Denise Fike

Denise Fike paints Alex Holley

Guests during cocktail hour

Steve Sanchez bartends for the evening

Model, Ade Jaiye, modeling a new blazer from R13

Janelle Burrell poses with Patty Bean

Alex Holley accepting her award

Honoree, Janelle Burrell, accepting her award

Honoree, Laverne Lee-Tanner AKA Patty Bean

Surprise performance by Melba Moore!

Melba Moore

Honoree, Cherri Gregg

Honoree, Ciji Carr-McManus

Honoree, Desiree Dezzie Neal

Honoree, Deborah Willis, Ph.D

Honoree, Dr. Emma Chappell

Honoree, Dr. Kellie Jones

Dr. Robin Smith

Honoree, Dr. Sonya Lott

Dr. Tashekah Smith

Honoree, Janine Spruill

Honoree, Kathleen Ogilvie Greene

Honoree, Philadelphia Chief Public Defender, Keir Bradford-Grey

Honoree, Kendra Brooks

Sisters of honoree, Kim Avant-Babb

Honoree, Lanez Perry

Honoree, Lia Valencia Key

Honoree, Maori Karmael Holmes

Honoree, Melanie Burney

Honoree, Merium Burwell

Honoree, Monica Miraglio

Honoree, Myla Thomas

Honoree, Ronnie Howard

Honoree, Sarah Glover

Honoree, Stephanie Humphrey

Monica Miraglio and Ade Jaiye

Honorees and guests post with Fox 29's, Mike Jerrick

Ellen Shepp, Joanna (Joan Shepp resident DJ), Max Weinstein

Celebrating 20 Years of "Women of Substance and Style"

February 19, 2020

Created in the year 2000 by Tuesday Gordon-Gaines and Joan Shepp, the “Women of Style and Substance” event has honored over 400 African-American women throughout the Philadelphia region in recognition of Black History Month. On Wednesday, February 19th, the event honored another 40 special women who have contributed to the growth and betterment of the community. This year, the women ranged from TV & radio personalities to health professionals to civil leaders. Each honoree's photograph is displayed in the Joan Shepp store window on Chestnut Street; the display will remain until the end of the month.
In addition to honoring African-American women in the community, money is donated to a different charity organization each year. This year, ten percent of the day's sales were donated to "Stoney's Girls," a fund created by Tuesday Gordon-Gaines in honor of the late Erwena Rebecca Stone, lovingly known as "Stoney". A life-long friend of Tuesday and an influential member of the Philadelphia African American community, Stoney lost her battle with breast cancer and left behind her three young grandchildren who she took in and raised since birth. The fund was set up to help ensure that Stoney's girls will have every opportunity to achieve great things in life.

After a cocktail hour with drinks and light fare, Philadelphia City Representative, Sheila Hess, presented a Mayoral Proclamation to Tuesday Gordon-Gaines and Joan Shepp on behalf of Mayor Jim Kenney. The proclamation recognized Tuesday and Joan's continued commitment to honor African American women, as well as their dedication to raising money and awareness to different organizations over the last 20 years. After Sheila spoke, nominees were presented with certificates by broadcast journalist and MC, Monique Braxton. Each honoree was given the chance to introduce themselves with a short speech.

Throughout the evening, guests shopped Joan Shepp's new Spring arrivals, as well as jewelry from African-American-owned vendor, Historical Dream Jewelry. Fare was brought in from Marathon and Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen. Fashion illustrator, Denise Fike, gifted guests with hand-painted portraits embellished with gold leaf. Singer, Melba Moore, was in the crowd and serenaded guests with a surprise performance. Other performances included songs by singer, Yaya Lora, and tunes by DJ, DJJ2J.

Honorees: Alex Holley, Cherri Gregg, Ciji Carr-McManus, Darisha K. Parker, Desiree Dezzie Neal, Dr. Deborah Willis, Dr. Kellie Jones, Dr. Emma Chappell, Dr. Robin Smith, Dr. Sonya Lott, Dr. Tashekah Smith, Janelle Burrell, Janine Spruill, Jennie Bennett, Jennifer Rodriguez, Kathleen Ogilvie Greene, Kendra Brooks, Kim Avant-Babb, Lanez Perry, Laverne Lee-Tanner, Lia Valencia Key, Maori Karmael Holmes, Margaret Livingston, Marilou Watson, Melanie Burney, Merium Burwell, Mina "SayWhat" Llona, Monica Miraglio, Myla Thomas, Rhona Austin, Ronnie Howard, Sarah Glover, Sharon Williams Losier, Stephanie Humphrey, Vanessa garrett Harley, Keir Bradford-Grey, Blanche Carney, Jacqueline F. Allen, Darlene Miller, Sheriff Rochelle Bilal.


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