Sheros awarded for excellence

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Retired Sgt. 1st Class Pearl Brown, who was one of two women to receive the Lady of Vision Award, goes to hug Rudy Valentine (left).  Event proceeds will benefit programs of Cher's Sisters Only Club.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Retired Sgt. 1st Class Pearl Brown, who was one of two women to receive the Lady of Vision Award, goes to hug Rudy Valentine (left). Event proceeds will benefit programs of Cher's Sisters Only Club.

Some of the most prominent women in the Augusta area gathered to honor 10 women Saturday at the seventh annual Shero Awards.

A shero is a remarkably brave woman doing extraordinary things by recognizing a need and taking the initiative to respond, says Cher Best, the founder and president of Cher’s Sisters Only Club.

She said the club’s purpose is to promote health and wellness education, develop the potential of teenage girls and women, and improve the quality of life in the area through specialty events and programs.

Women were honored Satur­day at the Salvation Army Kroc Center for their work in the categories of health, social services, arts, law and government, armed forces, community service, business, faith, spirituality and education.

“The purpose of the Shero Awards ceremony is to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of women who would go unrecognized,” Best said.

Proceeds from the event are used to fund other events sponsored by the club, such as Camp Be Your Best and Prom-A-Palooza.

Dr. Donna Adams-Pickett of the Augusta Women’s Health and Wellness Center served as guest speaker and was named Woman of the Year.

“It is the sheroic efforts that has kept the entire world together,” Adams-Pickett said. “To appreciate the shero in yourself, you must see the shero in others.”

Richmond County’s first black solicitor-general, Kellie Kenner-McIntyre, was presented the Woman to Watch award by Richmond County State Court Judge David Wat­kins. Mc­In­tyre said she looks forward to serving the community.

“When you receive an award like this, it makes you want to work harder,” she said.

Other Shero Award winners include Joya Moore (art), Bobbie Lee (business), Dr. Loretta Johnson (education), Cynthia Lovett (faith), Lessie B. Price (law and government), Judy J. Lamback and retired Sgt. 1st Class Pearl Brown (Lady of Vision), Ashley Pince (community service) and Vontice Davis (President’s award).


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