The Café Mocha™ radio show is honored to bring the SALUTE HER: Superwomen Making a Difference Awards

Legendary Rapper MC Lyte will host,
R&B Headliner Johnny Gill to Entertain with Vocal Salute
SALUTE HER honorees include R&B singer Syleena Johnson,
fashion designer Barbara Bates, digital strategist Luvvie Ajayi, philanthropist Michi Marshall and more

Chicago – The Café Mocha™ radio show is honored to bring the SALUTE HER: Superwomen Making a Difference Awards reception to Chicago on Monday, December 8, from 6pm to 9pm at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. The evening will salute nine dynamic women for their contributions to the communities they serve.
Legendary rapper/entertainer and Café Mocha™ Radio co-host MC Lyte will emcee the Salute Her reception. Lyte has a new single with Chicago rapper Common.  Renowned singer Johnny Gill will serenade the honorees and guests with his incredible vocals. Gill recently completed New Edition’s All Six summer tour. His new recording, Game Changer, with the title track produced by Babyface, is scheduled for release December 9, 2014.
Chicago-area women being honored include recording artist/reality television star Syleena Johnson; fashion designer Barbara Bates,
who also advocates for breast cancer prevention; digital strategist/blogger Luvvie Ajayi; Michi Marshall, Co-Founder and Vice President of The Brandon Marshall Foundation; Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Senior Vice President, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement at Nielsen; Candace Matthews, Chief Marketing Officer at Amway; Cynthia Johnson, Vice President of Urban Promotion for Columbia Records; Tarrah Cooper, Press Secretary for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; and Annette Nance-Holt, Founder of Purpose Over Pain, an organization dedicated to ending gun violence.
These honorees will join a list of distinguished women who have been lauded since the Café Mocha™ SALUTE HER awards was founded in 2012.  Previous honorees include actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, Dr. Bernice King of the The King Center, actress-producer Terri J. Vaughn, CNN Anchor Fredricka Whitfield, and Sister 2 Sister publisher Jamie Foster Brown.
This stellar celebration, sponsored by Gentle Treatment Hair Care and Prudential Financial, will feature the Gentle Treatment™ Style Lounge and a ‘specialty’ Holiday Gift Boutique featuring women entrepreneurs presented by Prudential.
The Café Mocha™ show, affectionately known as ‘radio from a woman’s perspective,’ airs 8am-10am Saturdays on Chicago’s Soul 106.3 WSRB-FM. This festive event will bring together Chicago-area women to celebrate one another and network while also supporting women and families that are less fortunate this holiday season.  A percentage of profits from the event will be donated to support Chicago’s Tabitha House, a 28-bed recovery home for chemically dependent women that is managed by Habilitative Systems Inc. [501(c)(3)] social service agency.
Café Mocha™ creator and executive producer Sheila Eldridge says: “Our SALUTE HER celebrations are extraordinary because we bring together women to network and recognize other incredible women. We’re happy to support Habilitative Systems Inc.’s Tabitha House for its work to help women and their families in recovery. Our hope is that our honorees’ stories will inspire attendees to support our mission to pay it forward this season and throughout the year.”
Kimberly Hairston, chief marketing officer of DRMJPC Brands, says: “Gentle Treatment is a heritage brand that has deep roots in our community. As a major supporter of the SALUTE HER awards, we are continuing the company’s legacy of empowering women of color through beauty. It is an honor to be a part of this powerful initiative.”
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