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‘Chicago Girls Takeover’ honorees include Gary notables

Kelly Fair, founder and executive director, Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is leading a “Chicago Girls Takeover” on Saturday, October 7 at Renaissance Bronzeville from 5:00-8:00 p.m. to celebrate the International Day of the Girl.

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Kelly Fair

Kelly and her girls (the “Pebbles”) are joining communities around the world to raise awareness of the importance of mentoring and nurturing the world’s 1.1 billion girls. The ‘Chicago Girls Takeover’ will celebrate our girls and honor men and women who exemplify leadership and support of Girl Power in their careers and communities.

Three of the honorees who will be recognized at the upcoming event are representing Gary — Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson; State Senator Eddie Melton; and entrepreneur Monique Rodriquez, CEO Mielle Organics.

ONE OF THE three honorees at the upcoming Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. The mayor is shown giving a hug to one of the Pebbles assigned to shadow her for a day.

The honorees are:

  • Ella Britton Gibson, Executive Consultant, Carol H. Williams Advertising
  • Chris Curse, International Hair Stylist, Chris Curse and Company
  • Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, Gary, Indiana
  • Stephanie Helms Pickett, Director of the Women’s Center at Duke University
  • Eddie Melton, State Senator, Indiana
  • Monique Rodriguez CEO, Mielle Organics
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Monique Rodriguez

Dawn Millhouse and Shayne Evans are the event co-chairs and Deborah Brown Farmer, Founder and President, Brown Farmer Media Group is the honorary chair.

Ramonski Luv, V-103 personality; Carl West, MG Media CEO; and Derrick Young, CBS 2 traffic reporter will serve as guest emcees for the evening.

The funds raised through this event will help girls in our communities to become leaders and future change makers. Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is a Chicago based initiative striving to support girls in our communities with mentoring sites in Chicago, Indiana, Texas, and a college edition at Duke University.

Visit for ticket information, and details on how to volunteer and donate.

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