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                    BPW: The voice of working Women

2020 H'attitude Brunch and Hat Show

Diane Gaines

Angelia Gilley

Vickie Oldham

Angie Stringer

We will sponsor our Fourteenth Annual H’attitude Brunch and Hat Show on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Grove at Lakewood Ranch, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. Festivities begin t 10:00 a.m., and will include the traditional parade of hats and the presentation of the 2020 Women of the Year.


The Women of the Year awards are presented to extraordinary and inspirational women in Sarasota/Manatee County for their achievements as leaders, their accomplishments in their careers and for their service to the community. This year’s recipients are Diane Preston Gaines, Angelia M. Gilley, Vickie Oldham and Angie Stringer. Ms. Gaines has been employed by the Sarasota County School District for 40 years and works in the transportation department as a supervisor. She is a certified trainer and parent-student liaison and has been an advocate for many years for the children she comes in contact with on a daily basis, both on and off the job.


Ms. Gilley is an educator and has been employed with the Manatee County School system for 29 years. She currently works at Bayshore High School where she serves as the Graduation Coach, Coordinator of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) College Prep Program, and Senior Class Advisor. She is president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Manasota, Florida, and a past president of Bradenton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she currently serves as co-chair of the high school mentoring program, Delta GEMS.


Ms. Oldham is leading a historic preservation project called “Newtown Alive,” which causes residents and visitors to take a second look at one of Sarasota’s oldest neighborhoods. The initiative traces the history of Newtown, but has expanded into cultural heritage tourism. The Newtown Alive project began as an initiative to trace the 100-year history of the African American community of Newtown; but quickly expanded into a rebranding effort that is causing residents and visitors to take a second look at the neighborhood through the lens of history.


Ms. Stringer is president and CEO of Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, a position she has held since August 2015. Prior to taking over as CEO, she previously worked for Girls Inc. as the director of communication and agency resources, from 2004-2007. She worked closely with her leadership team, program staff, and board of directors to earn the 2019 Outstanding National Girls Inc. Affiliate Award. Girls, Inc. currently serve 17 schools and the Sarasota Housing Authority.


Ticket donations to the brunch are $50.00 and proceeds will benefit BPW’s scholarship fund and ongoing programs. There will be a silent auction, a live auction and a 50/50 raffle. For information, contact Jone Williams at 941-914-1155 or Norrece Wright, president, at 941-256-6060.

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