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25th Women of Vision Scholarship Luncheon

National Coalition of 100 Black Women Greater Cleveland Chapter To Host 25th Women of Vision Scholarship Luncheon

Mayfield Heights, Ohio —- The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NC100BW) Greater Cleveland Chapter will host its 25th Women of Vision Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 11:15 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124. The event will honor Director of Gift Planning Terri Bradford Eason of The Cleveland Foundation and Bethany Baptist Church Senior Pastor Reverend Dr. Robin E. Hedgeman for their professional and civic achievements.

The afternoon will include a salute to this year’s recipients; a served lunch; live entertainment; and the presentation of the organization’s 2016 scholarships to outstanding college bound seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence and service to the Greater Cleveland community.

Terri Bradford Eason manages The Cleveland Foundation’s Gift Planning Program as a member of the Advancement team. Her primary focus is cultivating relationships that help individuals establish current and deferred philanthropic funds, legacy gifts and charitable giving strategic plans. In this capacity, Eason works closely with professional advisors and their clients to identify, create and provide charitable planning options tailored to achieve specific philanthropic goals.

Eason joined the Foundation in October 2008 after two decades of experience in the financial services industry. She held several positions with National City (now PNC) and supported business functions including wealth management; relationship management; new business development; and both private and corporate banking. As director of nonprofit business services, she was responsible for new business development and relationship management of nonprofit and higher education organizations.

Throughout her career, Eason’s commitment to excellence earned her National City Corporation’s Excel Award for extraordinary client and community service. She was also the recipient of the YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award; The Ladies of Distinction Status of Women Award; and the National Council of Negro Women Phenomenal Women of Extraordinary Leadership and Service Award.

Eason has served the community as a director on several area nonprofit boards, including Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center (past-board president); Recovery Resources; Junior Achievement; and the Women’s City Club Foundation. In addition, she served on the Legacy Village Lyndhurst Community Fund Committee and is the Immediate-Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Ohio North First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.

Currently, she is president of the Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and chairman of Alpha Omega Foundation, Incorporated. She is a member of the National Black MBA Association, Inc.; Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society; Cleveland Chapter of Links Incorporated; and Jack & Jill of America Incorporated.

Eason earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. She resides in South Euclid, OH with her husband Clayton Eason, Sr. and their two sons Clayton II and Bradford.

Reverend Dr. Robin E. Hedgeman is the esteemed Senior Pastor of Bethany Christian Church since 1997. In this capacity she is the spiritual leader of the congregation through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ while upholding the mission of the church. She also provides spiritual oversight to guide the life and work of the church, elders, ministers, deacons, general board, music ministry and ministry leaders. Bethany is affiliated with the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, a Protestant Christian denomination in the United States and Canada.

Under Reverend Dr. Hedgeman’s direction, Bethany Christian Church has strengthened its outreach through the church’s Reach Out and Touch Ministry, a community advocacy group that assists homeless families in transition; adopted John Adams High School and Andrew J. Rickoff Elementary School; and most recently delivered 500 cases of water to Flint, Michigan. Moreover, during Reverend Dr. Hedgeman’s tenure Bethany added a state of the art administrative and educational wing to their edifice known as the Joshua Wing in 2008 and retired a mortgage of $1.1 million in 2001.

In addition to serving the Greater Cleveland community and Bethany, Reverend Dr. Hedgeman currently serves the General Church of the Christian Church as board member for the Center for Faith and Giving; director of the Church Extension Fund; and member of the Administrative Committee of the Christian Church. She also belongs to United Pastors in Mission and is adjunct professor of Cultural Diversity at Case Western Reserve University.

Over the years Reverend Dr. Hedgeman has served the Christian Church in a variety of areas. She has traveled to and preached in Africa, Central America and Korea.  She has served as president of the Division of Overseas Ministry; president of the National Convocation; member of the National City Christian Church Foundation; and member of the Greenwood Cemetery Board of Trustees.

Prior to coming to Bethany Christian Church, Reverend Dr. Hedgeman served on the regional staff of the Christian Church in Ohio as associate regional pastor. Other pastoral work has included youth minister at Twelfth Street Christian Church in Washington D.C.; student associate pastor of Third Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky during her seminary years; and pastor of the Howett Street Christian Church in Peoria, Illinois.  Dr. Hedgeman also taught courses in Black Studies at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Reverend Dr. Hedgeman earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio; a Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky; and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Towson State University in Towson, MD. She was twice chosen for “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

A native of Washington, D.C., Reverend Dr. Hedgeman is a Boule member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and her great great aunt, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, was a founder of the organization.

“This is our 25th year as advocates for women and children of color in Cleveland and it has given our organization a front row seat to the pressing issues affecting our community,” says President Elizabeth A. Jones of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Greater Cleveland Chapter. “Therefore we are exceedingly pleased to honor ‘women of vision’ like Terri Bradford Eason and Reverend Dr. Robin E. Hedgeman who are also, in their unique positions in the community, champions of the underserved.”

Please join the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Greater Cleveland Chapter in celebration of Terri Bradford Eason and Reverend Dr. Robin E. Hedgeman. Tickets are $50. All proceeds from the luncheon will support the 2017 scholarships fund. To purchase tickets to the 25th Woman of Vision Scholarship Luncheon or for more information on NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter, please visit www.nc100bwgc.org or call President Elizabeth A. Jones at 216.765.0665.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. was founded in 1981 in New York, NY as a non-profit advocacy organization. Currently, the organization boasts a national membership that includes over 7,500 members from 75 chapters in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Greater Cleveland Chapter, Inc. was founded October 3, 1990 with Margaret R. Barron as the chartering president. NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that advocates on behalf of woman and children of color in the areas of health, education, economic empowerment, strategic alliances and civic engagement. In accordance with the organization’s overarching mission the Greater Cleveland Chapter implements programs that provide an effective network among African-American Women and other women of color; establish links between the Greater Cleveland Chapter and the corporate and political sectors; enable African-American women and other women of color to be a visible force in the socioeconomic arena; meet  the career needs of these women and facilitate their access to mainstream America; use the tools of role modeling and mentoring to provide meaningful guidance to young women; and recognize the historic achievements of African-American women and other women of color.