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NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter To Host Women of Vision Scholarship Luncheon

Beachwood, Ohio —- The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NC100BW) Greater Cleveland Chapter will host its 26th Women of Vision Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton, 3663 Park East Drive, Beachwood, OH 44122. The event will honor Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Medical Director of Child Advocacy and Protection Dr. Lolita M. McDavid for her professional and civic achievements.

The afternoon will include a salute to this year’s recipient; a served lunch; live entertainment provided by Evelyn Wright; vendors; silent auction; raffles; and the presentation of the organization’s 2017 scholarships to outstanding college bound seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence and service to the Greater Cleveland community. Tickets are $50. All proceeds from the luncheon will support the 2018 scholarship fund.

Dr. Lolita M. McDavid is Medical Director of Child Advocacy and Protection at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, the pediatric hospital of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She is responsible for community outreach, programming and coordinating the medical services for the Child Protection Unit serving at-risk children and families in Northeast Ohio.  Under her leadership the Office of Child Advocacy initiated Voices for Ohio’s Children, the leading child advocacy organization in the state. Dr. McDavid is also professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

From 1991 to 1995, she directed the Greater Cleveland Project of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF).  This initiative focused on the improvement and extension of health, anti-poverty, preschool and child support programs for local youngsters and was the first county-based advocacy effort in the country for the national organization.

Prior to her work with CDF, Dr. McDavid was head of general pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center, the largest public hospital in Ohio.  In this capacity she directed the pediatric clinics, the newborn nursery and coordinated the pediatric emergency room.

Dr. McDavid’s grew up in Wilberforce, Ohio and earned an undergraduate degree at Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio.  She received a master’s degree in public administration and urban development from the State University of New York and a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University.

After completing a pediatric residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dr. McDavid was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a Bush Fellow in child development and social policy, both at Yale University.

Dr. McDavid is a former trustee of Miami University of Ohio and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  She has served on three advisory boards of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; various committees of the American Academy of Pediatrics and chaired the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Academic Pediatric Association. Among her numerous awards, she has been honored by the Junior League of Cleveland, the YWCA of Cleveland, Providence House, Cleveland Magazine, Northern Ohio Live, and Crain’s Cleveland Business. Dr. McDavid has received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. She is a frequent commentator on local and national media programs.

“Lolly,” as she is known, is married and the mother of two.  Her daughter is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and her son is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

“Dr. McDavid and her invaluable contributions to our community as a physician and an advocate for women and children is the embodiment of our organization’s mission and work and we are exceedingly pleased to honor her as a ‘women of vision,” says President Elizabeth A. Jones of the NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter.

To purchase tickets to the 26th Woman of Vision Scholarship Luncheon or for more information on NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter, please visit www.nc100bwgc.org or call Lillian Sherrod at 216.466.2470

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.