Mount Vernon — Cissy Houston and Melba Moore, two legendary singers were among the Women Of Legacy and Leadership honored at Women’s Month Celebration at the Friendship Worship Center, 261 East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon, Friday night.
The event was the second fundraiser for Rev. Edward Mulraine, who is hoping to unseat Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson in the 36th Congressional District (Mount Vernon and the Northeast section of the Bronx) in the Democratic Primary, which will be held on September 13, 2016.
Tony Award Winner, 4X Grammy Nominee, Singer/Actress and Born Again Christian (as she reminded Mulraine when he presented her with the award) Melba Moore blessed the crowd with a soul stirring rendition of Lean On Me, that earned Melba her third Grammy nomination in 1976.
Other Women of Legacy and Leadership honored included Leslie Reid-Cousins of the Grace Freedom School, Veronica Daniels – owner of Community Fuel Oil, Tuckahoe Community Activist Deloris Garrett, Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Jackson Wilson – pastor of The Wills of The Master Ministries, Georgie Humphreys -Retired Memorial Sloan Administrator, Carol Middleton – Owner of The SteamHouse Restuarant (128 Gramatan Ave, Mt. Vernon), Patricia Myers – McCalls Bronxwood Funeral Home Director, Marcia Valentine-Oliver – Owner of Camelot Funeral Home, Debra Stern – Founder & Executive Director of The Amani Public Charter School and Evelyn Turner – Co-Op City Board of Directors.