Fields Tells Columbus To “Step Out Of The Box”
By Times Staff Writer Columbus, GA – March is National Women’s History Month and annually, Davis Broadcasting (WFXE, WOKS, WEAM and WKJZ radio stations) holds its Women’s Empowerment Luncheon. This year’s speaker was the dynamic actress Kim Fields. The theme was: Stepping Outside of the box/Overcoming New Challenges. Ms. Fields kept the audience’s attention as she described the box and spoke about stepping outside the box. It’s year 10 for the luncheon. According to Mrs. Cheryl Davis, executive with Davis Broadcasting, over 1200 attended the popular luncheon. There were plenty of vendors on hand and hundreds of guests went shopping before and after the luncheon. The buffet luncheon included tossed salad, green beans, macaroni and cheese, baked chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes, dessert, iced tea, coffee or tea. The program opened with the Invocation by Minister Montrice McClendon. Ms. Pam Dixon did the Welcome. Ms. Geniece Granville did the Special Guest recognition as well as the Introduction of the Speaker and the event’s Closing Remarks; she is a member of the Davis family. She was followed by Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, the first woman mayor of Columbus, GA. Mayor Tomlinson shared some interesting statistics about women, especially women being recognized in business and politics. Mrs. Susan Wiggins, W. C. Bradley executive, introduced and thanked the sponsors. She mentioned how she has been a friend of Mr. Greg Davis, CEO, Davis Broadcasting, for many years. Then Ms. Tracy Powell sang and she received a standing ovation. Afterwards, Ms. Geniece Granville introduced the famous Kim Fields. She asked the audience for their indulgence as she said a prayer. Ms. Fields related how she cut her dread locks, which she had worn for years and then did not calculate the next step. She spoke of balance in our lives and how we have to be serious. She openly said: “We can’t hang out with silly women anymore.” In stepping’ out the box, she said “jump out, then kick the box.” At the end of her speech, she received a standing ovation and flowers. Before her departure, a press conference was held in the conference room at the Trade Center. After Ms. Fields’ speech, the program continued with a presentation and door prizes with Ms. Tangie Larkin. The platinum sponsor was McCutchen’s Fine Gifts & Home Décor. The Gold sponsor was Mike Epps/I’m Still Standing Comedy tour. The Silver sponsors were Virginia College, WC Bradley Company, West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition, West Georgia orthodontics, TIC Federal Credit Union, Tax Allmighty, Georgia State Representative Carolyn F. Hugley, Phenix City Councilwoman Michelle Walker, Mimi’s Beauty Supply of Phenix City, Mead Westvaco, Green Acres Cemetery, Dr. Thomas N. Malone & Dr. Thomas M. Malone, Columbus Regional Women & Children’s Center, Columbus Hospice and Capital Tax Service. and the Advertisers were: Centennial Realty & Mortgage Company, Essential Oils Boutique, Mr. Jimmy Watts/State Farm Insurance Co., Party P’Zazz, Senior Care of Columbus & Reaching Out Healthcare; and Your State Farm Agent, Mr. Corey Lindsey. Special mention was given to Best Buy, Hazel’s Flowers and Gifts, Mac Beauty Products, Macys, McCutchens Fine Gifts & Home Décor, Off Price Furniture, Taylor Mack’s Cupcake Experience and Younitee Tee-Shirts. The centerpiece boxes were provided by Dr. Shirley Hatchett.