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33rd Women of Achievement awards reception salutes National Women's History Month

Eight local women will be celebrated on March 26 for changemaking leadership across Memphis and Shelby County.

The Women of Achievement honorees for 2017 are:

Courage - Rev. Lisa Anderson, Room at the Inn
Determination - Ines Negrette, Casa Luz
Heroism - Rebecca Terrell, CHOICES
Heritage - Mary Magdalene Solari, artist and teacher
Initiative - Kamekio Lewis, domestic violence survivor and writer
Steadfastness - Joyce Springfield-Collins, civic leader
Vision - Ruby O'Gray and Karen Moore, Women's Theater Festival Memphis

The celebration will be at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis with a 2 p.m. tea party reception and 3 p.m. awards.

Co-hosts are Adrienne Bailey, retired CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Emily Ballew Neff, director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Celebrate women who broke barriers for female artists, who stage a festival showcasing women in theater, who fight for reproductive rights, who speak out about surviving violence, who house the homeless, who create services for Latina victims of partner violence and whose ongoing leadership sustains women's organizations.

Deadline for reservations is March 19.
Make reservations for $35 or tables of 10 for $350.

CLICK HERE for tickets or make checks payable to Women of Achievement, mailed to Women of Achievement at 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd., Memphis, TN 38112. For more information, call 901-378-3866 or email