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Women of Excellence



Station to Also Honor Four Local Remarkable Women From the Philadelphia Community

105.3 WDAS FM, Philly’s Best R&B, and Throwbacks, announced today that recording artist Will Downing, Philly’s own Vivian Green and new R&B sensation MAJOR. will perform live at the fourth annual WDAS Women of Excellence Luncheon, a celebration of local women and their achievements in the community. The luncheon will take place on Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel.

The WDAS Women of Excellence Luncheon will honor Oscar nominated, Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter and actor Queen Latifah. The luncheon will also honor legendary Philadelphia broadcaster Rev. Louise Bishop, City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, iconic Philadelphia TV Anchor and news pioneer Lisa Thomas Laury, First Lady of Mother Bethel AME Church, Leslie Patterson Tyler and Shonda McClain, magazine editor of the Philadelphia Tribune, for their contributions to improve the Philadelphia community. 105.3 WDAS FM’s on-air personalities Patty Jackson, Frankie Darcell, Mimi Brown and Loraine Ballard Morrill will host the event.

“It’s a blessing to be able to put together an event that celebrates amazing women,” said Derrick Corbett, Director of Urban Programming for Philadelphia. “We look forward to honoring Queen Latifah alongside some phenomenal women who represent the tristate area from every walk of life.”

In addition, 105.3 WDAS FM will honor four remarkable women nominated by 105.3 WDAS listeners over the past month, one of which will receive the Mary J. Blige Award for Perseverance and Courage.

The fourth annual WDAS Women of Excellence Luncheon is presented by Gwynedd Mercy University. Additional sponsors include Always Best Care Philly & Delaware, Women Organized Against Rape, Friends Services for the Aging, Parx Casino, Gift of Life, Cedar Woods Care Management, Anita T. Conner & Associates, Platinum Productions and The 10th Annual Mother’s Day Music Festival, Quality Penn Productions and 105.3 WDAS FM.

WDAS Women of Excellence has been recognizing women in the Philadelphia community since 2015. Previous honorees include Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, and Susan Taylor. Tickets are on sale now for $125.00 at wdasfm.com. For updates and more information, listeners can go follow 105.3 WDAS FM on Facebook at facebook.com/wdasfm, on Twitter or Instagram at @wdasfm.

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