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Women’s Leadership Council Honors Teenage Girls at Annual Event


Women’s Leadership Council Chair Sandra Birckhead presents the 2014 Emily’s Star Award to Alexis Hill.


Event Emcee Debra Morgan flanked by the 2014 Take Action Award Winners, Camryn King and Alexis Gracey.



MORRISVILLE, NC (October 10, 2014) – Today, United Way of the Greater Triangle Women’s Leadership Council honored three teenage girls for their leadership and community service during their 11th annual Awards Luncheon and Dessert Auction.

“All of the award winners exemplify leadership and a commitment to community that is outstanding,” said Sandra Birckhead, chair of the Women’s Leadership Council at United Way of the Greater Triangle. “These exceptional young women have very bright futures and will continue to make positive impacts within their communities.”

The 2014 Emily’s Star Award is given to a teen girl that has shown extraordinary leadership skills, positive values, and commitment to learning and service to others. This year the award was presented to Alexis Christina Hill.

The 2014 Take Action Project Awards went to two exceptional former attendees of Leadership Camp that showed excellent follow through with their community impact project, demonstrated growth and are making a positive difference in their communities. This year’s recipients are Camryn King and Alexis Gracey.

In addition to the awards presented, desserts were auctioned to support scholarships to the 2015 WLC “Discover the Leader in You” Camp. The camp for teen and pre-teen girls focuses on leadership activities and interactive workshops where they learn about building relationships, identifying different leadership styles, dealing with conflict, exploring the roles of women and girls in society and body image.

The event raised over $18,000 from desserts and a silent auction that included an item for the winning bidder paired with a donation to the community such as school supplies, sports equipment and laptop computers.

The event Master of Ceremonies was Debra Morgan of WRAL-TV.


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