Restaurateur Josephine “Mother” Wade among eight outstanding local women entrepreneurs to be honored by Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. during TLOD’s 9th Annual Jewel Awards


The Lincoln Park Chicago Chapter (LPCC) of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (TLOD) presents its 9th Annual Crown Jewel Awards to outstanding local women entrepreneurs on Saturday, January 28, 2012, in the Grand Ballroom of the Martinique, 8200 S. Cicero, Burbank, IL.  There will be a silent auction at 11:30 a.m. and the program will start at Noon.  Tickets are $50.00 and should be reserved in advance.

Since 2004, LPCC has presented the Crown Jewel Awards in recognition of exemplary service rendered in the area of five major thrusts.  These honors are bestowed at a luncheon which serves as the chapter’s annual fund raiser to generate funds to provide scholarships for graduating seniors, enhance the status of women, improve the quality of life of senior citizens, beautify the community, and strengthen community partnerships.

This year’s honorees are:

Shirley A. Calahan – Funeral Director and Embalmer, owner and Vice-President of Calahan Funeral Home, Inc.

Catherine Celimene – Owner, “Children’s Rendez-Vous”, an Academic After School and School Day Off Camp Program.

Angela Gordon – CEO, Gordon Dental Associates, Ltd., specializing in general dentistry, especially providing oral health for school-aged children.

Maggie Miller – Owner, “Saca-Tash Boutique”, an upscale women’s clothing salon which provides personal services to women of all ages.

Brenda Palms-Barber – Founding Chief Executive Director,  North Lawndale Employment Network, a transitional jobs program that finds employment for those formerly incarcerated.

Collette McCree Renfro – Designs and customizes dollhouses and room boxes and owns the Blackberry Harvest Museum Dollhouse Shoppe in Homewood, IL.

Beverly M. Rockymore – Created a catering business called “Gourmet Soul” for Food Cooked with Soul and Love.

Josephine Wade- Smith – Founder, “Josephine’s Hardtimes Cooking Restaurant” specializing in Soul, Cajun and Continental Cuisine.

Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (TLOD) is an international, professional humanitarian, 501c3 organization with a membership of over 25,000 women who have dedicated their talents, skills, and resources to serve their communities.

For reservations or more information about the event, contact Dolores Tolliver, (312) 583-0595 or Monica Jones, (773)505-3568.