NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter To Host Women of Vision Scholarship Reception

Beachwood, Ohio —- The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NC100BW) Greater Cleveland Chapter will host its 28th Women of Vision Scholarship Reception on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton, 3663 Park East Drive, Beachwood, OH 44122. The event will honor humanitarian, philanthropist, author, evangelist and speaker Dr. Yvonne Pointer for her professional and civic achievements.

The evening will include a salute to this year’s recipient; a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar; dancing with music provided by Lo-Key DJ; vendors; a silent auction; and raffles. The mistress of ceremony for the evening will be Eleanor Hayes and the organization’s 2019 scholarships recipients will be announced. Annually, NC100BW awards 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 reception will support the NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter’s 2020 scholarship fund.

Dr. Pointer believes that one person can make a difference and is often found “in the belly of the beast,” as she refers to her work with young people. Motivated by the brutal death of her daughter Gloria in 1984, Dr. Yvonne Pointer has spent her life helping to improve the lives of others locally, nationally and internationally.

She founded the Midnight Basketball program in Cleveland to provide life skills workshops for the participants. In doing so, those involved in this crime prevention program were able to experience life beyond their immediate environment. Dr. Pointer also founded the girl’s program, Permission to Speak, to teach participants the power of their voices through journaling, and of the women’s support group Positive Plus. She also served as faculty and mentor in Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Girl Power program and established the Gloria Pointer Scholarship Fund through College Now that annually awards $2,000 scholarship to students from John Hay High School towards their college education.  Dr. Pointer also financially supports The Gloria Pointer Teen Movement in Ghana West Africa and is currently in the process of building the fourth school in Africa in memory of her daughter. She is also a frequent visitor to Ohio prisons.

A faithful member of New Direction Church, Dr. Pointer earned a Certificate of Ordination from Beracah Faith Ministries International and her degree in Theology, with a focus in Black churches, from Ashland Theological Seminary College. She also received an honorary doctorate of divinatory from the Canadian International Chaplaincy Association International University & Seminary.

Dr. Pointer and her work earned her an appearance on the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” She has also been honored by Queen Latifah; the Essence Awards; former Ohio Governor George Voinovich; former U.S. President George W. Bush, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the National Council of Negro Women. She is the only person in history to receive the FBI Director’s Leadership Award twice. Dr. Pointer has authored books; writes for magazines; and contributed to Chicken Soup for the African American Soul. Her own personal story has been highlighted in the media for decades and even featured in the German documentary, “The Second Execution of Romell Broom.” Her story is also at the center of a book, God Whispered in My Ear, written by renowned journalist Margaret Bernstein.

Steadfast on her mission to inspire others, Dr. Pointer broadcasts live from her famed Hope Haven via Facebook Monday through Friday at 8 p.m. and her segment “Live from the Hope Haven” airs every other Friday at noon on Cleveland’s NBC affiliate WKYC Channel 3. Her ability to continuously keep her story in the press led to the discovery of her daughter’s killer, through DNA evidence, after of a 29-year search. And with a forgiving heart, she visited him in prison.

“Dr. Yvonne Pointer is a tireless activist and a symbol of hope the world over and we a pleased to honor her as a ‘woman of vision’ for her unrelenting commitment to advocate for women and children of color, says President Elizabeth A. Jones of NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter. “She has turned a tragedy in her life into programming and outreach that is positively impacted the lives of many.”

Event sponsors for the 28th Woman of Vision Scholarship Reception include the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Water Department, First Energy, RPM, Third Federal and WKYC Channel 3. To purchase tickets or for more information on NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter, please visit www.nc100bwgc.org or call Marcella Boyd Cox at (216) 410-4120.

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.

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