The Wilson Post with University Medical Center will proudly present the inaugural Woman of Wilson Luncheon on Wednesday, May 13.
The invite-only event will be held at Chop House on the Green at Lebanon Golf and Country Club to honor the 49 local women featured in Wilson Post Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett's Woman of Wilson columns for the 2014-2015 year.
Beginning Wednesday, an online poll will be posted at wilsonpost.com where readers can vote for their favorite lady, from the list of 49 honorees, to be named 2014-2015 Woman of the Year. The recipient will be announced during the luncheon.
"We are excited to support an event that celebrates women in the community," said UMC Director of Physician Outreach and Marketing Adam Groshans.
The first Woman of Wilson column was published in the Wednesday, May 21, 2014 issue of The Wilson Post. Garrett was inspired to create the column after returning from maternity leave and noticing friends' #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) posts on Facebook.
"My mother, Pamela Garrett, was and still is a Super Mom. In retrospect, I know she had little time for herself because she was so devoted to raising me - but she made doing it all look effortless," Garrett said. "Returning to work after having my son and trying to balance motherhood, career and personal time as a young mother gave me a new appreciation for all that women do and the many hats they wear."
Honorees include: HomeInstead Senior Care Owner Maggie Lea; Sammy B's Owner Gina Stradley; A-Plus Print & Design Owner Monica Alsup; Heaven's View Baptist Church Bishop Belita McMurry-Fite; WANT 98.9FM personality MJ Lucas; Lebanon Economic Development Director and Crystal Couture Store Owner Helene Singer Cash; Sweet Bites Owner Brooke Palmer; Locks & Lashes Stylist Jessica Dodds; Freeman's Foals Owner Delaine Freeman Smith; Sam Houston Elementary Principal Julie Beasley; Crye Leike Realtor Kitty Woodson; County Commissioner Annette Stafford; former Cumberland University Womens Administrator for the Athletic Department Meredith McDowell; jennieBwell Founder Jennie Burton; yoga instructor Heather Jones Landers; Watertown Library Director Pamela Wiggins; Diamond Academy of Dance Owner Taylor Corlew; Crafty Southern Mama blogger Mandy Pryor; senior psychological examiner April Bowen; UT Extension Agent Shelly Barnes; Sports Village Owner Peggy Keel; fashion industry executive and Wilson County Civic League leader Marilyn Bryant; CedarStone Bank Customer Service Representative Ashley Butler (Boyce); attorney Angel Kane (McBrien, Kane & Crowell); attorney Lisa Tomlinson (McPherson & Youmans); Lookers Salon Owner Angelic Gardner; The Waterford Executive Director Kim Edwards; WANT 98.9 FM Owner Susie James; Superior Construction and Design Owner Elizabeth Scruggs; West Wilson Middle School Physical Education Teacher Rachel Dodson; attorney E. Marie Farley; former Lebanon/Wilson Chamber President and County Commissioner Sue Vanatta; former nurse and educator Susan Kirshner; AJS Flowers Owner Tracy Pruitte Underwood; attorney Amanda Crowell (McBrien, Kane & Crowell); Tuckers Crossroads teacher Betsy Jennings; The Pink Cactus Owner Maci Archer; Beauty Boutique Owner Necole Bell; former Tennessee Titans Cheerleader and Compass Auctions and Real Estate Stephanie Hubner; Goodall Homes Community Lifestyles Director and photographer Jana Pastors; Wilson County Schools Public Information Officer Amelia Morrison Hipps; POSH owner McClain Cannon; Blackwell Realty & Auction Realtor Lynda Burge; TriStar Summit Director of Marketing and Public Relations Julie Plummer; LoJac CFO Kellie Mires; NFIB Accounts Payable Analyst Brittany Lawson; Re/Max Exceptional Properties Owner Debbie Melvin; former School Board member and Wilson County Democratic Women member Pat Bryant; Executive Director of Tennessee Corrections Institute Beth Ashe.