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Long Beach NAACP Celebrates 'Sheroes'

Eighteen women have been selected as the 2013 honorees of the Long Beach branch of the NAACP.

Women who helped shape Long Beach and nearby communities will be recognized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Long Beach branch as “Unsung Sheroes.”

The women chosen have helped the NAACP and also serve as outstanding female role models, the group said in a press release on Everything Long Beach.

The Women's History Month celebration is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Sunday at Ernest McBride Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. A reception will follow to honor the women.

Those recognized for 2013 are:

Coreen Correa, promotes health among low-income families at St. Mary's and promotes music for minority youth.

Amber Correa, works to promote and introduce classical music to youth.

Kathy Trassi, volunteers for LBUSD, logging 1,000 hours at Fremont.

Hanh Nguyen, promotes cultural pride among young and older Vietnamese and works to dispel stereotypes and misinformation about Americans.

Shelia LeFridge, collaborates with other groups on education and health projects and helped to count the difficult to reach during the Census.

Marsha Chapman, volunteers with the Long Beach Fire Department and is active in the Antioch Church and other community groups.

Congresswoman Janice Hahn, carries on the Hahn family's public service legacy.

Cheryl Carter, created the Johnny Rebs Restaurants' Shell Out program, giving away over 300,000 pounds of peanuts and raising over $350,000 for charity.

De De Hicks, mobilizes residents to creatively solve community problems as president and CEO of the Volunteer Center.

Katherine Bayard, dedicates many hours to helping seniors and youth as a member of Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, Central Neighborhood Advisory Committee.

Wilma Powell, shared her personal story about domestic violence to empower other women to leave abusive relationships.

Jane Gallup, promotes active participation in government as president of the Long Beach League of Women Voters.

Ivy Arlinda Goolsby, promotes business and community engagement.

Othetta Glover, works with the Southern California Convener of National Council of Negro Women.

Zina Bourda, advocates for women of African descent as president of the Long Beach National Council of Negro Women.

Dr. Dorothy Reed, developed educational practices to motivate unmotivated learners.

Sandy Cajas, helps develop businesses as president and CEO of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Southern Region.

Carol Williams, helps domestic violence victims as executive director of Interval House, a shelter organization serving Long Beach and Orange County.

To RSVP for the celebration and reception, email mnnacp@gmail.com by Wednesday, March 13.

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