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Power of Women Luncheon Celebrates 10 Local Leaders

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The American Red Cross is excited to announce the honorees for its 2016 Power of Women celebration, recognizing extraordinary volunteers and community leaders who have made a significant contribution to the local community.

This year’s honorees are:

• Kim Bergeron

• Lynne Burkart

• Tanya Harris-Glasow

• Col. Cindy Haygood

• Sandra Herman

• Teresa Lawrence

• McKenzie Lovelace

• Diane B. Lyons

• Marjorie A. McKeithen

• Ingrid Rinck

“As the Red Cross celebrates 100 years of service to Southeast Louisiana, we are honored to applaud these remarkable women and their efforts to revitalize our community and improve the lives of those in it,” says Kearney Gay, chief development officer for Louisiana.

The Power of Women luncheon will take place Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal St.

Jaime Primak Sullivan, star of Bravo’s “Jersey Belle” and author of “The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl,” will be the keynote speaker. Proceeds will support the work of the American Red Cross in Louisiana. Hosting the luncheon is the Tiffany Circle, a group of exceptional women who dedicate their resources and talent to supporting the mission and work of the Red Cross.

To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call (504) 620-3181 or visit redcross.org/power-of-women.

More about the Power of Women Honorees:

Kim Bergeron – An avid public servant, Bergeron has worked with the Train of Hope for Sandy Relief, raising nearly a half-million dollars for people in NY and NJ following the storm. She also was involved in “The Beatles Adventure,” securing autographs by surviving band members for a custom a piano for the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity; its sale funded construction for a local veteran’s home.

Lynne Burkart – Burkart is a board member and active volunteer for numerous causes, including Crimestoppers Inc., the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, the American Heart Association, and the Youth Empowerment Project. She has helped raise more than $30,000 for the American Heart Walk over the past few years.

Tanya Harris-Glasgow – From her work with ACORN to her current position with Make It Right NOLA, Harris-Glasgow has helped rebuild her community of the 9th Ward and beyond. She has been at the forefront of the struggle for fairness, justice and equality in the renewal of New Orleans, sharing her story around the country, most notably in Spike Lee’s documentary “When the Levees Broke.”

Col. Cindy Haygood – A member of the Louisiana Army National Guard, Col. Haygood is a recipient of the Brigadier General Edmund J. Giering Outstanding Company Commander in the Engineer Regiment and the Bronze de Fleury Medal, among countless other awards and decorations. She served as a Battalion Executive Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad and during Operations Katrina and Rita.

Sandra Herman – Herman serves on the board of directors for the French Market Corporation and is president of the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business’ board of directors. She has been named Professional Conservationist of the Year twice by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Center for Women in Government.

Teresa Lawrence –Lawrence is the founder and CEO of Metairie-based industrial staffing firm Delta Personnel. Since then, she has won a number of local and national awards, including “Small Business of the Year” by the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Enterprising Women Magazine.

McKenzie Lovelace – McKenzie is the founder of renowned local digital marketing agency FSC Interactive. Among her firm’s notable achievements is developing the social media command center for the last New Orleans’ Super Bowl, now a national model for major sporting events. McKenzie is a board member for the Louisiana Lighthouse and a co-chair for Howling Success, raising more than $200,000 for the LASPCA.

Diane B. Lyons – Lyons is the founder of FestiGals, a nonprofit that inspires, connects and celebrates women while supporting causes that are important to their wellbeing. Over the past five years, FestiGals has raised nearly $100,000 for a number of organizations dedicated to aiding women during cancer treatment and recovery, as well as others supporting our local community.

Marjorie A. McKeithen – An accomplished energy lawyer with Jones Walker, McKeithen helped spearhead the initiative to safely lift the federal moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She serves on a number of local boards, including the Council for a Better Louisiana and the Louisiana Nature Conservancy.

Ingrid Rinck – Rinck is the founder of FitCamp Training Studios and Sensible Portions Weight Loss Meals, serving clients across three states. A single mother of three, Rinck looks to empower others like herself, employing a staff comprised of 75 percent single moms. She is involved with the BREC Baton Rouge Zoo, the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, and the Louisiana chapter of the March of Dimes.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.