‘Helping others survive’

4/16/2015, 10:43 a.m.
At the State Office Building in Harlem, the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs held their Women’s ...
L to R: Paula Odellas (mistress of ceremonies), Eve-lyn Mallette (chairperson, the New York Club) and Yvonne Harris-Jones (president, the New York Club) (Gideon Manasseh photo)

At the State Office Building in Harlem, the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs held their Women’s History Month Celebration.

This years theme was “Recognizing Women Who Are Making a Difference in the Lives of Women, Children and Elderly Who Have Survived Domestic Violence.” Honorees included Kimberley Capers (deputy bureau chief of Child Abuse/Sex Crime Bureau, Bronx County), Jeanine Launay (deputy chief of the Domestic Violence Unity, New York County), Audrey Moore (chief of the Special Victims Bureau, New York County) and Stephanie E. McGraw (founder and director of We All Really Matter), as well as the evening’s special honoree, Rosemonde Pierre-Lois (commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence).

Yvonne Harris-Jones, president of the New York Club, said, “I’m so proud and honored to award and celebrate these five phenomenal women today, who are making a difference in the live of women, children and the elderly and who have survived domestic violence. Congratulations and thank you so much.”

Linda Wood-Guy, who represented state Sen. Bill Perkins, gave citations from the senator’s office. The mistress of ceremonies was Paula Odellas. The evening featured musical selection by the Renaissance EMS Chorus and Bervine Harris, executive director.