The 2016 UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Charlotte Marriott City Center.

Each year this highly anticipated fundraising event, named in honor of a beloved friend and volunteer, Dr. Maya Angelou, brings out some of the most dynamic and prominent women from in and around Charlotte. The Honorable Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte’s mayor, will deliver remarks. U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, along with actress Angela Robinson of the OWN network’s hit series “The Haves and Have Nots,” will be in attendance.

More than 300 guests are scheduled to attend the event, recognizing a group of elite women for their contributions in their respective fields and communities. This year’s distinguished award recipients are Tonya Lily Brandon, senior vice president of CBRE; Carrie B. Cook, founder and president of EmpowHERment; Michelle Horton, founder of YOUniversity Drive; Michelle Lee, president of Community Banking Eastern U.S., Wells Fargo; Sarah Stevenson, community activist; and Paula Vincent, president and chief operating officer of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital.

Guests are also encouraged to attend the “Morning Glory Affair,” where they will have the opportunity to shop, network and show off their fabulous hats and bow ties. Cherise Belnavis Johnson will be the mistress of ceremonies for the luncheon and the highly competitive HATitude and Bow Tie competition. Livingstone College’s ensemble will provide entertainment. Proceeds from both events will provide necessary resources to North Carolina students and UNCF-member institutions in North Carolina: Bennett College, Johnson C. Smith University, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine’s University and Shaw University.

Last year, $70,000 was raised in support of those efforts through corporate and community relationships. Sponsors of this year’s event are Wells Fargo, CIAA, Publix Super Market Charities, CBRE Group, Belk, Food Lion, PNC Bank, Snyder’s-Lance, Xerox, Novant Health and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. CONSOLIDATED.

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