March is Women’s History Month, and the Lansing/East Lansing Chapter of The Links will host its 8th annual White Rose Gala event this week to commemorate it. The month marks a proclaimed time to feature and highlight the contributions of women in history and contemporary society.

During the event, which takes place on Wednesday, March 28 at the Country Club of Lansing, The Links will present the Young Professional Leadership and Organizational Leadership ATHENA Awards. The local chapter’s enduring community service endeavors will be highlighted and the community also has an opportunity to engage and network with leaders from business, legal, health and education areas.

The recipient of the Young Professional Leadership award is Dominique Devereaux, constituent relations representative in the Michigan Senate, for the office of Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich of Flint; and founder of DreamWorld Studios for the Arts. DreamWorld was inspired by Dominique’s love of dance and her desire to inspire participation for youth who live in disadvantaged communities.

“Once I stopped trying to fit a star [my dreams and goals] into a square-shaped peg, I realized my career had endless possibilities. If we as educators and as a community would stop and really evaluate the strengths and interests of our youth, we’d have a happier, more productive community,” said Devereaux.

La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will accept the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award on behalf of the foundation.

“We are pleased to acknowledge the efforts of this year’s award recipients, whose contributions have had a profound impact upon the quality of life and future outcomes for marginalized populations within our community,” said Dr. Sonya Gunnings-Moton, president of the Lansing/East Lansing Links.

After the presentations this year, Paula Cunningham, Michigan state director for AARP and White Rose Gala chair, will address the attendees about women who are navigating opportunities and barriers yesterday, today and tomorrow. There will also be a panel discussion.

For information, visit lansingeastlansinglinksinc.org.

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