Heidi M. Pascual*
Publisher & Editor
* 2006 Journalist of the Year for the State
of Wisconsin (U.S.-SBA)
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The Wisconsin Women of Color Network, Inc. (WWOCN) held its annual fund-raising brunch on December
5, primarily to raise funds for its scholarship grants: Mabel Mable Smith Memorial; Cammer-Hill Grant; Hattie
J. Hilliard Scholarship; and the Future Leaders Fund. The fund-raiser was held at DoubleTree Hotel along W.
Johnson Street in Madison.
Presided by Sadie Pearson, the new WWOCN president, and the WWOCN founder and matriarch, Agnes
Cammer, the event featured a silent auction and several booths of women-owned businesses, as well as a
booth of The Capital City Hues multicultural newspaper that offered its 2010 President Barack Obama
calendars for sale.
Unlike previous annual fund-raising events hosted by WWOCN, this one featured no special keynote
speaker. What made it so special was, the business owners themselves were given the time to introduce
their wares, or goods and services. Hence, this section pays tribute to these minority or small business
owners who have supported WWOCN and its activities through the years.
The business owners included:
Dana Warren (Tupperware);
Wanda Tapp (Tappestry Designs);
Afi Lake (Sew Nubian);
Harsha Keister (Satyam Ayurvedic);
Heather J. Cass (PartyLite/Two Sisters Gourmet);
Jon Gramling (The Capital City Hues Newspaper);
Kathryn Moore (Life’s Force);
Gail Hutchinson (Massage & Body Works);
Phyllis Sanders (Phyllis Faces & Ceramics);
Brenda Lincoln (Flowers of Color);
Austria (Pearls, Ava International);
Tina (African Center); and
Milele Chicasa Anana (UMOJA magazine).
Cora White announced the availability of the WWOCN 2010 desk/notebook calendars as part of the fund-
Two WWOCN awardees (upper left corner) who were not present during the Fall WWOCN annual awards
event were likewise given the floor and their corresponding award/scholarship: Kabzuag Vaj [top right]
(Woman of Achievement award) and Rowena Lanier [left of Kabzuag)] (Cammer-Hill Grant scholarship). Both
thanked WWOCN profusely for their awards, with a promise to continue working harder to achieve their goals
for the community, their families, and themselves.
This article is also a tribute to WWOCN, an organization whose mission is to assist women of color in
accessing educational resources, healthcare, social services and political participation to promote
leadership, cross-cultural awareness, and the spiritual and economic well-being of their families and
communities. Through WWOCN’s strategic directions in the areas of leadership, diversity, and economic self-
sufficiency, many women of color have been helped through scholarships, business support, provision of
resources for social services, health care, employment opportunities, and many other areas. Many women of
color leaders have been “trained” and supported by WWOCN in various ways. WWOCN has been their
“family,” that which provides necessary networks and essential support for women of color in all areas of
societal living. If you are a woman of color (or men and women of other races), join WWOCN, and be part of a
movement that changes lives for the better. Visit www.womenof colornetwork-wis.org.
Wis. Women of Color Scholarship fund-raiser
Small businesses had the floor