AWEE Faces of Success Luncheon Features Inspiring Success Stories

More than 700 guests hear life-transforming stories of strength, perseverance and survival.

More than 700 people heard incredible stories of strength, perseverance and survival by Arizona Women’s Education & Employment’s (AWEE) Faces of Success at the 2015 Faces of Success Luncheon on Nov. 4 at the Arizona Biltmore.

Tracey Latham, Julie Gilbert and her mentor Kimberly Russell, and Angela Raw were recognized at the annual fundraiser co-chaired by Vicki Davis of SRP and Beth McMullen of Avnet. CBS5’s Nicole Crites, KTAR’s Jim Sharpe and and Black, Starr & Frost emceed the event.

Special guests included Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, the Phoenix Suns Gorilla and the Phoenix Mercury’s Scorch. The high-energy event included Let’s Make A Deal-style giveaways and raffles, featuring a $5,000 pair of Black, Starr & Frost diamond earrings, which were won by Davis.

“Our 2015 Faces of Success are each strong and resilient women who made life-changing decisions,” says Marie Sullivan, AWEE president and CEO.

“For Julie and Angela, those decisions literally saved their lives. For Tracey, it meant taking a huge risk with a goal to start her own business in a highly competitive industry. We are incredibly proud and inspired by them.”

At top, a selfie with the Phoenix Suns Gorilla

PHOTOS BY ARNE WILLIAMS

Trisha Constas and Karen Kemp of Bank of America

Trisha Constas and Karen Kemp of Bank of America

2015 Faces of Success Angela Raw, Julie Gilbert, Mentor Kimberly Russell, 2015 Face of Success Tracey Latham

Angela Raw, Julie Gilbert, Kimberly Russell and Tracey Latham

Emcee Jim Sharpe; Vicki Davis, Black Starr & Frost Earrings winner; and emcee Alfredo Molina

Jim Sharpe; Vicki David, Black, Starr & Frost earrings winner; and Alfredo Molina

Emcee Nicole Crites, Honorees Angela Raw, Julie Gilbert, AWEE CEO Marie Sullivan, Emcee Alfredo Molina,  AWEE Mentor Kimberly Russell, Honoree Tracey Latham, Emcee Jim Sharpe

Nicole Crites; Angela Raw; Julie Gilbert; Marie Sullivan, AWEE CEO; emcee Alfredo Molina;  Kimberly Russell; Tracey Latham; and Jim Sharpe

Phoenix Mercury Scorch, Nicole Crites and Phoenix Suns Gorilla

Phoenix Mercury Scorch, Nicole Crites and Phoenix Suns Gorilla

Scorch and Jim Sharpe

Scorch and Jim Sharpe

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