There's a new definition of a "Leading Lady." It's about more than being the wife of a powerful man or the star of a blockbuster movie.
For the past several years, 107.9 the Link has brought new life to those words. What started as a simple idea to recognize a few stellar women has turned into the best kind of campaign. With the help of Leigh Brown from Remax Signature Properties and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, we are able to tell the stories of 30 courageous and inspirational women. Their dedication changes lives and motivates others to do the same. Nominated by friends, family or co-workers they are exceptional leaders.
I wish you could have been at the Palmer Building tonight. You'd have left feeling hopeful... feeling like you'd been a part of something very special. We handed out awards and gave a $5,000 check to our leading lady of the year, Elizabeth Woods. Elizabeth lost her husband in the war in Afghanistan. Now she reaches out to other young widows with her organization Soul Widows.
All of the nominees were so deserving of recognition. It's been my honor to learn from them each week. I also stand in awe of the co-workers who do ALL of the heavy lifting to make the program possible. If you missed the event, here's a peek at what happened on stage ...
My mom Wheezy, in United Methodist Woman mode, delivering the invocation
Our VP Rick giving the shortest speech of all time
Sheri dazzling the crowd with a heartfelt, off-the-cuff address
Matt's comedic awards announcements along with an amazing tribute
Sponsors like the Y's Molly Thompson and Leigh Brown from Remax, sounding more like Leading Ladies
Delicious dinner from Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Beautiful floral arrangements from Flowers of Charlotte
Glasses filled with Cambria Wine
and behind the scenes..
Frank, Bob, Angela, Piper and a host of part-timers working their bottom's off to make sure the video, audio, set, check-in and clean-up went off without a hitch.
From Diane Pugh, the sales star who found our fabulous sponsors, to our promotions team lead by Matt D., Brad and Jennifer... there are people in every department who nurtured the campaign.
I was filled with gratitude as I watched the Leading Ladies program come to an end for 2010. The interviews we aired each week, thoughtfully edited by Joe McLane, often brought me to tears and inspired me to strive for the extraordinary. I look forward to doing it all over again next year.