Congratulations Gerry Florida!

To All My Friends and Supporters:

It was with great surprise and honor to be recognized and honored by Champion Enterprises and Five Star Corporation as one of the regions "Women Champions 2013". This honor pertains to my work as a disabled woman artist, an art/jewelry instructor as well as an artist volunteer through the years, working with at-risk and disadvantaged youth, disabled individuals, adults and seniors through organizations such as the: United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania; Shuman Juvenile Detention Center; Citizen Care; Spectrum Charter School; Propel School; Family Resources / The Beverly Jewel Lovelace Program; Carnegie Mellon University; Community College of Allegheny County as well as numerous other community based senior service centers and community nonprofit arts organizations such as the Society for Contemporary Craft and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. As a proud member and award winning artist of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, The Pittsburgh Craftsmen's Guild and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, I have had many more opportunities to realize my passions in blending communities through art. I have also recently been invited to represented Shuman Juvenile Detention Center's Title I After School Program as the newest member of the Community Relations Team. I am very proud of this important opportunity and my future involvement in helping to promote a healthy understanding of the needs and abilities of the population this organization proudly serves.

I thank each of you for encouraging me through my many idealistic and wild ideas and providing so many opportunities to meet so many wonderful individuals who have brought peace and purpose into my own life.



Letter Follows:
April 15, 2013
Dear Gerry Florida,
It is with great honor, and pride, to inform you that you have been selected to be honored as one of this region's Women Champions 2013. Your outstanding work in the community has not gone unnoticed. You have given so that those less fortunate can have. You have created, molded, and shaped pathways for the youth in our communities. You have given hope to countless women who had no voice or advocate to speak for them. You have encouraged many to take charge of their own health. You have shown thousands of young children to embrace the arts. You have shown people across this country that beauty exists on the inside as well as on the outside. And you have demonstrated that through hard work, you too can do it.
Champion Enterprises, celebrating 38 years of service providing educational, recreational, social, and employment opportunities to the community, and Five Starr Corporation, wish to honor you. You, along with a few other amazing women, will be honored at the 38th annual Mother's Day Luncheon Awards, celebrating women on Saturday, May 11, 2013 beginning at 2:00 pm. The location of this celebration will take place in the Sumpter Banquet Hall at St. James A.M.E. Church, 444 Lincoln Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
Guests wishing to attend the luncheon may do so by purchasing tickets through Champion Enterprises at (412)628-4856. Purchasing tickets in advance are encouraged as seating is limited. Tickets are available for $30.00 in advance and $40.00 at the door (if available).
Congratulations Champion!
Champions Aren't Born. They're Made
Through Desire
And Dedication!!
William R. Neal, Jr., CEO
Champion Enterprises
Event 2013 Coordinator, Rita Gregory