Black Chamber Women’s Division lunch and fashion show benefits scholarship program

The Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division will host Fabulous Fashion Giving – A Luncheon and Fashion Show, Friday, Sept. 7, at the Sheraton Hotel & Spa at 1700 Commerce St.

The event will feature original designs with proceeds benefiting a new year-long scholarship/mentoring initiative for young women completing their senior year in high school.

The event kicks off at 10:15 a.m. with an appearance by Dr. Renee Fowler Hornbuckle, an author and international speaker who is senior pastor of Destiny Pointe Christian Center. She will provide an inspirational segment to energize and rejuvenate attendees.

Local designer Antonio Wingfield, in collaboration with Fashion Opera, will present fashions from his Harlem Renaissance collection, Uptown Harlem: The Creative Soul of Fashion.

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“We hope to inspire and create an afternoon of fun for ladies and gentlemen in an effort to raise funds for this worthy cause to support young ladies,” Sultan Cole, chair of the chamber board said in a news release.

The Women’s Division began in 1990 when a group of women lead by Gwen Barbee, the founder and director emeritus, became interested in the business activities of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and with the blessings of then-board members Erma Johnson Hadley, Norma Roby and (then) President Reginald Gates came together to create a support group for Chamber activities.

It was the first women’s division in the nation to be affiliated with a Black Chamber of Commerce and became a model for others to follow.

The news release said the division organized and hosted a series of informative networking events throughout the year, including the Annual Women’s Conference & Eagle Awards Luncheon, the Film Institute and the Circle of Excellence Scholarship Banquet.

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“The evolution of the Women’s Division has resulted in a new approach to directly impact young women with a single big event – this year’s Fabulous Fashion Giving initiative, which will allow us to empower a select group of young ladies beginning their high school senior year through a year-long mentoring initiative culminating in scholarships for the furtherance of their educational pursuits,” the news release said.

Space is limited. To buy tickets online, visit:; or call (8170 871-6538.

– FWBP Staff