The Long Beach chapter of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) will present its 30th annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, April 26 at the Grand Event Center, 4101 E. Willow St., from 11am to 2pm. This year’s theme is “Women United: Embracing the Change.”
NCNW will honor three women who have dedicated many years to caring for and providing service to members throughout the community, according to the organization.
Debra Farnum, within her nursing profession, has been employed in and provided volunteer service in a number of nursing organizations and programs. During the 1998-1999 academic school year, she created the Nurses Against Asthma program for the Long Beach Unified School District. The program serviced over 700 families during its seven years of operation. Farnum co-authored and was awarded a one-year grant for $90,000 through the Los Angeles Care Insurance for the program. She is a member of Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc. (currently inactive) and NCNW.
Jeanetta McAlpin has served as youth council member under the umbrella of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network since 1992. Her volunteer service extends to: St. Mary girls leadership development, in collaboration with Long Beach City College; the Commission on Youth and Children; and serving as commissioner at large representing all nine Long Beach council districts. She is listed on the city’s website as “expert in youth and children services.”
Deloris (Dee) Williams has worked for the City of Long Beach for more than 33 years in the Community Development Department, now known as Workforce Development, Pacific Gateway. During this time, she has worked as payroll clerk, office manager for the Youth Opportunity Center and administrative assistant for several officers. Rooted in Long Beach, she attended Whittier Elementary, Franklin Middle School, Poly High School and Long Beach City College. Her membership in NCNW spans 14 years, during which time she has served in a number of executive positions.
Carolyn Smith-Watts, Long Beach community activist and organizer, will again serve as mistress of ceremonies. The designs of Mr. C. Sophisticates-Silk will be featured in a fashion show, which Zina Bourda and Marsha Chapman co-chaired.
The public is invited. Donation is $75 per person. Proceeds will be used to fund ongoing programs such as NCNW’s annual Christmas food/toy drive for underprivileged families, a holiday celebration for seniors and an annual shopping spree for homeless persons in the community.
For more information, call Zina Bourda at (562) 423-2575 or Andrea McCray at (714) 785-2930.