James Floyd, Debra Perez and Gwendolyn Carter to Receive Wonderful People Awards at Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala

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Innovative Community Leader, Diversity Champion and Health Care Professional to be Feted at Gala which features Comedian Leighann Lord with Ophira hosted by Joey Novick of Comedy Works

James Floyd, Debra Perez, Gwendolyn Carter have one thing in common. They will receive Wonderful People awards at the First Annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala, June 19th, from 6-10 PM at the Mercer County Community College Conference Center. James Floyd will receive the Wonderful People Working for the Community Award, Debra Joy Perez, the Wonderful People Opening Doors Award for and Gwendolyn Carter, Wonderful People Giving Back Award. The evening features standup comedian Leighann Lord, of HBO, Comedy Central and The View, with Ophira Eisenberg, Comedy Central Premium Blend and VH-1.

Baye Kemit, winner of the Calling All Comics Night held on May 28th in Trenton will start the evening which is hosted by Joey Novick, local comedian and owner of Comedy Works.

The event raises funds for the Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment to continue assisting minority women with educational needs and initiates a scholarship program at Mercer County Community College so that minority women in health care training can continue their studies.

The Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment, a nonprofit organization, seeks economic empowerment for minority women through education in the health care field. Says Executive Director, Dr. Gloria Frederick, “We seek to close the wage gap.” The Women’s Law Center indicates that African-American women earn only 64% of that of white males in the same field. Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President of Bennett College indicates that African-American women experience a higher unemployment rate; in 2008 that number was 4.9 for the population and 8.3 for African-American women. At the same time, they are more likely to be single head of households. The health care field offers great employment potential. According to the Career OneStop-Pathway to Career Success, 50% of the fastest growing industries are health care related.

Tickets, which are $90 include cocktails, dinner and the comedy show, can be purchased at http://www.wonderfulworkingwomen.org through paypal, eventbrite and laughstub.com/leighann-lord. Checks can be made to IWWWE and mailed to P.O. Box 7869, West Trenton, NJ 08628. For more information call 609-466-2819 or visit the website at http://www.wonderfulworkingwomen.org.

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