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E. Kathleen Cooke Unsung Heroine Scholarship Luncheon

2021 Unsung Heroine Honorees

2021 Unsung Heroine Honorees

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The E. Kathleen Cooke Foundation, Epsilon Lambda Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. held a virtual celebration on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 11:00 am -1 pm via Easley Blessed Multimedia. The theme - Celebrating the Courage, Vision, and Tenacity of Women! The Unsung Heroine Scholarship Luncheon honored seven women within the Cincinnati community for their unheralded service in education, business, entrepreneurship, advocacy, civic leadership and social justice. The 2021 honorees include:

  • Ryan Caldwell

  • Crystal Grace (Grace +Grit Spa)

  • Theresa Harper

  • Ewaniki Moore Hawkins

  • Sandra Jones Mitchell

  • Darla Payne

  • Sha-Kim Smith (Grace +Grit Spa)


We were blessed with a powerful keynote speaker for the Unsung Heroine Luncheon, Founder, President & CEO of The Sister Accord Foundation…. Sonia Jackson Myles! Sonia is nationally known for her inspiring Design Your Destiny seminars! She now has now has hundreds of “Dreamwalkers” (Mentees) walking in purpose and Designing Their Destinies.  She has received national recognition from Essence Magazine and Bloomberg Report’s “History Makers”.  She made “HerStory” in the City of Cincinnati in 2016, as her Sister A.C.C.O.R.D. Leadership Development Program was integrated into the curriculum of The Cincinnati Public School System. 

Sonia Jackson Myles

Sonia Jackson Myles

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The luncheon is named in honor of E. Kathleen Cooke, a charter member of Epsilon Lambda Sigma Alumnae Chapter and advocate for public education. Ms. Cooke served the Cincinnati Public School system for over 30 years as a veteran teacher.  


Proceeds benefit our scholarship program, which is awarded annually to college bound students, in addition to Operation Big Book Bag and Youth Symposium initiatives.

Sponsorship opportunities exist as shown below.

  • Unsung Presenting Sponsor: $3,000

  • Centennial Scholarship Sponsorship $2,200.00

  • Ruby Sponsor: $1,500

  • E. Kathleen Cooke Table Sponsor: $750.00

  • Royal Blue& Gold Recognition Sponsor: $250

Click here for additional information on sponsorship opportunities.

Our goal is to keep everyone safe as the delta variant is making a powerful surge in the United States.


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