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Awesome Ambitions – Purse-onality 2023

The Gallery Event Space was the site for Awesome Ambitions’ Purse-onality 2023. The festive event featured two fashion shows, a brunch, and entertainment from Eboni Fondren. Awesome Ambitions girls modeled purses on the runway and mentioned positive character traits that they always carry with them, just like purses. The event chair, Fahteema Parrish, orchestrated a lovely afternoon to raise funds to support Awesome Ambitions, which is a college and career readiness program designed for Black and brown girls in the Greater Kansas City metro area who often face challenges to accessing information, experiences, and opportunities to meet supportive women executives and explore career options.

Event Chair Fahteema Parrish addressed the guests.


Riyan Jones, Awesome Ambitions 2023 Girls of the Year; modeled a purse.


Lindsey Shively and her daughter, Svea, rocked the runway!


Fahteema Parrish, event chair; Cynthia Newsome, founder and president of Awesome Ambitions; Andrea Newton, Awesome Ambitions; and Denise White


Dr. Marge Williams and Patsy Barnes posed before walking the runway.

Featured in the September 16, 2023 issue of The Independent.
Photo credit: William Watson Photography


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