Humanitarian of the Year!
Mama Shu (center) poses with eWomen Network Founder Sandra Yancey (left) upon receiving the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award
We are proud to say The Avalon Village is now an award-winning project. This past week, we traveled to Dallas, Texas to share our story with hundreds of passionate, entrepreneurial women from across the US and Canada – and we were honored to receive special recognition for our efforts. Approximately 1,100 women gathered at the Intercontinental Dallas Hotel August 3-5 for the annual eWomen Network Conference & Business Expo which included lectures and breakout sessions, one-on-one coaching, and the chance to network with businesswomen from coast to coast.
The event also included an awards luncheon to honor emerging leaders and women doing a variety of exciting, innovative and potentially life-changing things. A panel of judges assembled by the eWomen Network selected Avalon Village Project Directress, Mama Shu, as the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year. In addition to a sparkling, crystal award, the prize came with a pledge to raise $25,000 for shipping containers for our Goddess Marketplace and scholarships to provide seed money for local women entrepreneurs.
“I came across this woman and I was so struck by the confidence this woman has. I had to meet her,” eWoman Network founder and CEO Sandra Yancey told the crowd. “I had to know who she was and where she found the courage to step into something so magnificent and so great.”
Yancey and her husband, Kym, visited Highland Park several weeks earlier to record a video about Avalon Village – and the inspiration behind the project – Mama Shu’s 2 year old son, Jakobi RA, who was killed by a hit and run driver in 2007. The video played on two large screens on either side of the stage. When it ended, Mama Shu was called onto the stage. She received a standing ovation, in her stunning fuchsia gown, and brought a number of the women to tears.
“God bless you and your amazing work,” said Debbie Mrazek, a sales coach, speaker and author from Texas.
Dozens of other women lined up to take photos with Mama Shu, provide their business cards and extend offers to help. A group of eWomen Network members is planning a trip to The Avalon Village this spring to see the shipping containers delivered and volunteer. We can’t wait to welcome them and show them around the village in person!
Check out these photos from our trip: