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By Nichole Harwood
When it comes to dedication, Executive Women International (EWI) has proven time and time again that they are ready to rise above any challenge to achieve their goal no matter how long it takes. Their goal? Bringing women from diverse backgrounds together, helping them enhance personal and professional development in the business world while encouraging community involvement. The organization has been pursuing this goal since 1978.
Holly Norton with the EWI Albuquerque Chapter said from promoting member firms, to providing personal and professional development of women they help, her chapter works hard to ensure the success of their mission statement. .
“This is an organization that created a space for women to realize their executive potential and their potential in the business world,” Norton said.
Futhermore, the EWI Albuquerque Chapter also works hard to give back to their community through philanthropic ventures. Of the philanthropic ventures, they focus strongly on promoting literacy among the youth of New Mexico. The EWI Albuquerque Chapter achieves this goal through their Annual Reading Rally, a time when local celebrities read to the children of the community. This year’s rally hosted UNM Lobo Baseball players to read to second graders. In addition to the event, Norton said her chapter donated school supplies and books to the second graders of Hodgin Elementary.
On top of promoting literacy through events, the EWI Albuquerque Chapter also provides two separate scholarships every year. The first goes to a student at the University of New Mexico and is exclusive to the Albuquerque chapter while the other scholarship is a staple of EWI known as Adult Students in Scholastic Transition Scholarship (ASIST). This scholarship, as its namesake suggests, is meant to help a student in scholastic transition who has just returned to college, more popularly known as a nontraditional student. By providing a scholarship to a nontraditional student, the EWI Albuquerque Chapter hopes to ease the financial burden as a nontraditional student may not only juggle work and school, but parenthood or caretaking of their aging parents.
In addition to the scholarship, members of the EWI Albuquerque Chapter benefit by expanding their professional development by listening to monthly speakers and taking part in the chapter’s professional development webinars.
As for their future, the EWI Albuquerque Chapter hopes to strengthen the women of their community as they reach women of all age demographics while helping them realize the value they can receive through EWI.
“This group created a platform for women to grow and to realize that they had more potential than they ever knew they had and I think that’s one of the things that makes us continue to go on,” Norton said.
The Second Annual Brain Freeze Ice Cream Festival
By Ludella Awad
It was not just children who screamed for ice cream at the Second Annual Brain Freeze Ice Cream Festival, but thousands of New Mexicans. The festival took place on June 8-9 at Balloon Fiesta Park, attracting large crowds consisting of families and ice cream lovers throughout the state.
The event provided multiple tents, housing a variety of Blue Bell ice cream flavors ready to be tasted by hungry attendees — pecan, cookies ‘n’ cream and sherbet, just to name a few. Additionally, the event provided root beer floats, snow cones and an array of fun activities including music, bouncy houses and face painting.
Co-producer of the event, Dean Strober, along with his wife Lena Strober, created the festival to fundraise for the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network. Together, the couple partnered with a famous ice cream brand, Blue Bell Creameries, increasing awareness for the nonprofit while generating funds for the good cause.
For their part, Blue Bell Creameries not only provided the ice cream but staff, trucks, and refrigeration as well.
Albuquerque Branch Manager for Blue Bell Creameries Jay Cooke said his company was happy to provide ice cream for a great cause through fundraising for the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network.
“We like to be involved in the community,” he said. “We love partnering up to these kinds of activities.”
Despite temperatures reaching 90 degrees Saturday before hitting the high 80s on Sunday, the heat did not stop people from enjoying their cold treats.
First-time attendee Selita Lucas said she and her children enjoyed the ice cream and snow cones even in the Albuquerque heat.
Another attendant Vodra Dorn, said she enjoyed the festival despite being a large fan of homemade vanilla ice cream.
“I Love Blue Bell ice cream,” she admitted with a smile.
With the event drawing a rough estimate of 9,000 attendees Strober said he plans on hosting the event every year, eventually expanding the festival to other major cities. Which is good news for ice cream lovers who can count on the festival returning and bringing icy treats and smiles to Duke City citizens next year.
Photo Courtesy of Brain Freeze Ice Cream Festival
Memorial Day weekend ushered in by PhaseOne and the energy he brought with the crowd. His choice of heavy bass and dubstep had Effex Rooftop rocking and jammin to the low trembles of the music. People let loose, letting their energy flow and the dance moves do the talking. Here are the photos from Friday night.[Read more…]