Wendy Gladney Brooks
Many of you who read my column know me as an Event Planner. However, there's another side to me that's near and dear to my heart. I have a non-profit called "Forgiving For Living, Inc.," (FFL) a 501 (c ) 3 for over 10 years designed to give solutions to individuals with issues of hate, anger, bitterness, and the inability to forgive. www.forgivingforliving.com
Forgiving For Living, Inc., was the outcome of me overcoming my own personal issues that started when I was very young. As a child, I was abandoned by my mother and sexually abused by my father. As an adult, I came full circle and forgave my parents and actually had a relationship with both of them until they each passed away. As an adult, I've experienced divorce, overcame cancer while trying to build a business and balance a life as a single parent.
The mission of FFL is to inspire and empower individuals who have experienced abuse, violence, abandonment, discrimination or anything else that causes one to develop low self-esteem. It is our goal and aim to help individuals with these issues by providing them with tools, resources, mentors and information to make positive choices and develop the necessary life skills to move on.
On Saturday, April 26th, we will hold our very first fundraiser benefiting Forgiving For Living, Inc., titled The PLUS Awards. The Luncheon will be held at The Beverly Hills Hotel and we'll be honoring six special and unique individuals that have not only achieved in their professional lives, but also have managed to give back and make a difference in the lives of others. Please join us in paying tribute to Sarah Harris, T.C. Richard, Pat Tobin, Cynthia Busby, Genethia Hayes, Challengers Boys and Girls Club & The Dantzler Family.
We are proud to have Karen E. Hudson as our Event Chair. We also would like to thank all of our Sponsors that stepped up to the plate for our first year including, Broadway Federal Bank, Danny Bakewell, Jr., Northrop Grumman, Wells Fargo Bank, Nestle U.S.A., Inc., Toyota, The Brotherhood Crusade, Dr. Lauren Walton, Councilman Isadore Hall, Dazzle & Design, L.A. Business Printing, Top of the Line Communications, Inc., SAVE THE DATE Media Group, LLC, Personal Services Plus, Inc and thank you Black Voice News for your support!
I also want to thank our Host Committee for all of their efforts: Speaker-Elect Karen Bass, Councilmember Wendy Greuel, Councilmember Jan Perry, Constance Anderson, Lois Buckman, Courtney Gladney, Christiane Harris Hills, Sarah Harris, Stacey Stafford, Sabra Waddy, Danny Bakewell, Jr., Eric Johnson, Jennifer Newmark, Mary Ann Mitchell, Daria Le'Sassier, Marilyn McCoo Davis, Sherrylynn Metoyer, Linda Patterson, Barbara Perkins, Brandy Williams, Brenda Ross Dulan, Synthia SAINT JAMES, Ms. Shabazz, Renita Tyson, Portia Cowlings, Amber Carpenter & Juanita Palacios- Sims.
Thank you everyone!
Give your all in all that you do. Then the PLUS won't just be more, it will be the difference!
Wendy is the founder and president of Personal Services Plus, Inc., an Event Management Company. Visit www.personalservicesplus.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.