WOMEN OF MERIT
Palm Beach Atlantic University luncheon honors Candy Carson and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.
Author Candy Carson and former ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter were honored as the 2018 Women of Distinction by Palm Beach Atlantic University.
The luncheon took place Feb. 22 at The Breakers and included a jazz performance and miniconcert by the PBA Concert Choir.
After accepting the awards, each honoree spoke briefly.
Carson talked about establishing the Carson Scholars Fund more than 20 years ago with her husband, Dr. Ben Carson, now U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
“Teachers have told us that the grade-point average of the class that contains a Carson Scholar goes up because the students see that there is something that they can shoot for,” Carson said. “Future leaders need to be encouraged.”
McElveen-Hunter discussed her childhood with her military pilot father and an indomitable mother.
“She taught us that ‘can’t’ is a word that doesn’t exist,” McElveen-Hunter said. “My foundation is really my parents’ example. My mother ... instilled in us the power of personal courage, the nobility of service and sanctity of family.”
McElveen-Hunter shared stories about her service as U.S. ambassador to Finland and as first female national chairman of the board of the American Red Cross.
Proceeds from the luncheon benefit a scholarship fund for female
students at PBAU.
Dan and Denise Hanley
William and Pam Fleming