Fireflies Denton celebrates 100 Ladies of Elegance
CAMBRIDGE — Fireflies of Denton honored women from all across the Eastern Shore Saturday, Oct. 22, at the first 100 Ladies of Elegance event.
One hundred women in business, education, military and other fields were honored for their contributions to their communities in Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties.
Each woman honored received a certificate from Fireflies and a Governor’s Volunteer Service Award from Gov. Larry Hogan’s office.
More than 700 people attended the event at Sailwinds Governors Hall in Cambridge. Honorees and guests enjoyed a meet-andgreet reception and dinner before the night’s programming began.
The host for the evening, comedian Larry Lancaster of Baltimore, got the audience laughing with a brief stand-up routine before introducing the guest presenters.
Members of Women 4 Women, a domestic violence support group, shared powerful stories of their experiences with abuse and how they survived. They highlighted how domestic violence can be a life or death situation, and urged anyone who is experiencing abuse, or has a loved one who is, to reach out to Women 4 Women or other resources available to help.
Shirley Blackston, copastor for In God We Trust Ministries in Grasonville, delivered a message according to the night’s theme: “If These Heels Could Talk.”
“If these heels could talk, what would they say?” Blackston asked. “How about, ‘I made it.’”
Using every letter of the alphabet, Blackston listed the varied struggles a woman’s heels may have carried her through, such as abuse, cancer, divorce and loss. She encouraged the audience to talk about the toughest things, the things everyone would rather keep secret.
“My advice to you is, if you haven’t, begin to let your heels talk, open up your mouth and start talking,” Blackston said. “There is freedom and release when you open up and share. The first time is always the most difficult time. Open up your mouth and share, because trust me, you’re helping somebody else.”
Special music for the event was performed throughout the night by Orlando Phillips of Annapolis, The Green’s & Guest and Eastern Shore Entertainment featuring DJ Baby Girl.
For more information about the Fireflies Denton organization, visit its Facebook page.
Women from Dorchester County honored as Ladies of Elegance included Arlinda Barnes-Cornish, Deborah Boulden, Shirley Deshields, Janeen Ford, Chareka Harris, Omeakia Jackson, Rhonda Meekins, Normalee Miller, Michelle Moaney, Kisha Petticolas, Mary Turners-Dennard and Danielle Vanriel.
Women from Kent County honored as Ladies of Elegance included Nikita Temple-Beck, Dana Bowser, Terwana Brown, Shanika Cooper, Latonya Cotton, Kia Reed.