Fashion Show and Awards Luncheon

About the Event

The Women Who Rock Their Roles (WWRTR) Fashion Show and Awards Tour will be hosted in different cities throughout each year. In each city, women will be selected and recognized who represent excellence in what they do in their roles as professionals, leaders and   advocates, and for the work they do in their communities to give back ~ especially with efforts to improve the lives of other women and children.  

Guests will be entertained by a fashion show featuring garments from the M.G. Ballard Designs' Essential Elements Collections, as well as garments and accessories from other participating fashion and accessory designers. Models will be "Moore Fabulous" in makeup provided by Vera Moore Cosmetics and flawlessly applied by local makeup artists.

Following the fashion show and ceremony, there will be time for guests to network with each other while enjoying music provided by a local D.J.  Guests will also have opportunities to order from the Essential Elements Collection with personal fittings, and opportunities to see and try makeup from Vera Moore Cosmetics. 

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Our first awardees are being recognized for the work they do in the nonprofit sector, education, healthcare, fashion and beauty and the arts and how they have used their careers and talents to help others.

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N.Y. Event Details

Date: February 2. 2020

Event Host:

Excellence In Success

Benefiting Organization:

C.H.E.L.A. 4 Kids


Hyatt Regency Long Island

1717 Motor Parkway

Hauppauge, NY 11788

Time: Event starts at noon. Doors open at 11:30 a.m

Event Coordinator:  Alicia Figueras Lambert
Contact info:  631.741.5616 |

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Ticket Information

Tickets are $60 per person and include the lunch, fashion show and awards ceremony.

Cash bar will be available.

Register to attend and purchase tickets by clicking on the link below.

The Benefiting Organization


C.H.E.L.A. 4 Kids is a nonprofit organization that works to provide support and services to children of incarcerated parents.  Click HERE to learn more.

Quilla Bohannon


Quilla  Bohannan, hairstylist and master wig-maker, is building confidence  and  bringing smiles to children who have lost their hair.  

Dr. Laverne C. Nimmons


Dr. Nimmons career has proven that passion and professionalism can make the difference when it comes to educating our youth.  

Toneisha Colson


Toneisha D. Colson is the Founder of The 5 Karat Tiara Girls Mentorship Program, a not-for-profit organization.  

Nyleescia Crosby


Nyleescia founded FabDiva Gems & Jewels in 2016, an organization dedicated to girls' and women's empowerment. 

Shantay Carter


Accomplished  nurse, Shantay Carter, is also the founder of Women Of Integrity Inc.  The seven-year-old organization’s mission is to “empower and educate  women of all ages and ethnicities.”  

Tracé Wilkins Francis


Tracé  Wilkins Francis is passionate about two things, children and  literacy. She established Annie Jean Publishing, Inc., and under it  published The Real-Life Adventures of Jo Jo Bean. 

Angela Raymond


Master  acting teacher and playwright, Angela Raymond, through her  revolutionary progressive ideas and arts incentives, is actively  changing the way children learn and express themselves. 

Marisa Estrella


 After  serving her Country, Marisa returned and dedicated her life to fighting  for the rights and humane treatment of fellow veterans. She founded the  non-profit Worldwide Veterans and Family Services. 

Judith Gaffney


Judith  Gaffney is a World Changer with a big heart! She started her own  fashion company, Culture Tees, with a portion of all sales going to help  children and families living in shelters and others in need. 

Jaqueline Love


Jacqueline  Love is a dynamic woman with over 20 years of experience in the  educational, entertainment and fashion industries.  She is our Fashioning Their Future Award Winner - a special award given to a person selected exclusively by M.G. Ballard Designs.  

About the Designer and Director - Marva G. Ballard

Marva G. Ballard has been designing professionally for over 36 years under the label M.G. Ballard Designs,  established in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1980. The designer has moved  operations as she has moved about in her multi-faceted career an artist,  designer and educator. She relocated from Indianapolis to Tuskegee, AL  in 1987 to teach Fashion Merchandising at Tuskegee University. Returning  to full-time work as a designer in 1999, she began selling through  retailers across the country.

She is best known for her Signature Collection of leather wearable and decorative art owned by many celebrities and  professional men and women across the country.  As a fine artist, she  incorporates leather and other textiles in developing mixed media  pieces. She also works as a graphic artist creating works for print as  well as other wearables. 

In 2011 she began offering the Essential Elements Collection of knit apparel.  The Collection is made-to-order in the US and  provides opportunities for young single mothers to earn income. Their  hours are flexible, designed to wrap around the hours they need to  attend school so they can better their lives and those of their  children.  Read more at


About the Host - Alicia Figueras Lambert

Television   producer, host, publisher, teacher, advocate - Alicia Figueras-Lambert   has worn many hats and served in many roles.  Her self-described   "eclectic" background has included being a retired veteran/drug   interdiction agent, and running for New York State Governor (2010). 


One   of Alicia’s greatest passions is the welfare of children whose parents   are incarcerated. While working at Rikers and Nassau County Maximum   Security Jails as a teacher of cognitive behavior, she witnessed the   affect incarceration had on the children, and saw that it was   particularly hard during the Christmas season. Through her company, Excellence in Success,   she  produces several programs each year with proceeds used to  purchase toys  and other items to be given at Christmas to children of  incarcerated  parents. Wishing to extend support to these children  beyond the holiday season, she founded C.H.E.L.A. 4 Kids, a non-profit organization that is working to establish peer to peer support groups across the state.

Alicia’s   parents taught her that if you can’t be a tree, then be the best bush   around. So, to follow her parent’s teachings, she has worked hard to   touch many populations  through her efforts to give back. Her   publication “give the magazine,” celebrates the spirit of altruism, and  recognizes others in the community who do the same. 


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About Our Beauty Partner - Vera Moore

CEO,  Vera Moore former actress turned  entrepreneur is President & CEO of  the highly competitive family  owned business, Vera Moore Cosmetics.  Over the past 5 years Vera has  built one of the most progressive and  prestigious cosmetics and  skincare lines for the global market.

Vera   was contracted on national television as one of the first black   actresses on the soap opera “Another World” NBC where she portrayed   “Linda Metcalf” for ten years. She immediately realized the void in the   market for quality products for women of color, specifically a natural   looking foundation that didn’t rub off on your clothes. This gave  birth  to Vera Moore Cosmetics. 

Her   journey has led to national recognition on the covers of Black   Enterprise Magazine, Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in   Business, Networking Women, featured in the Wall Street Journal,  Upscale  Magazine, Beauty Store Business, received the Success Stories  Award  from Volvo Cars of North America, has hosted her own half hour  radio  segment “Skin Deep & Moore on WWRL Radio and featured in  Black  Enterprise’s Book Collection - "Against All Odds”. She holds many   credits for other television programs and Broadway shows including the   Tony Award winning Broadway Musical “Purlie Victorious. Read more at


Criteria for Awardees

We  are seeking to recognize women noted for the excellent work they do in  their professions and in their communities to make a difference. They: 

  • Must be nominated by a member of their community. 
  • Must  have a verifiable record of providing their talents (pro bono work),  treasures (donations) and/or time (volunteering) to organizations and  initiatives that uplift the lives of others, especially women and  children. 
  • Must be available to attend the event, and for any photo sessions afterwards.
  • Must  sign a photo release form giving us permission to use their images in  our marketing, as well as that of our sponsors and affiliate designers.
  • If  possible, must be willing to place a banner on their website which  congratulates them as an awardee with a link to the Women Who Rock Their  Roles website.
  • Must provide a bio and background information, as well as a high-resolution head shot. 
  • Must be willing to be interviewed by a member of the event team who will ask for more detailed information. 

Please note: Host  organizations are solely responsible for selecting the Women Who Rock  Their Roles in their communities. To this end, they also have the right  to ask for additional information and/or make additional requests of  their awardees.  


Nominations are now CLOSED for the 2019 New York event.  For more information on the N.Y. event, contact Alicia Figueras-Lambert at 


Nominations are now CLOSED for the 2020 New York event.  For more information on the N.Y. event, contact Alicia Figueras-Lambert at .    

The Why


Bishop  Desmond Tutu is quoted as saying “If we are going to see real  development in the world then our best investment is women.” 

Research  tells us that investing in the welfare and development of women  benefits not only the women themselves but changes the trajectory of  their families and the well-being of their communities. Research also  tells us that the earlier we begin that investment the better.   Considering this, we must embrace and guide the girls in our villages.   We must help them build their self-esteem and feelings of self-worth,  help them recognize their gifts, expose them to their possibilities, and  help them set a course for an education that will lead them to  prosperity. Additionally, we must help them develop the resilience they  will need to stay strong through the changes and adversity they will  surely face.


Within  our villages there are girls like Oprah Winfrey, who was fired from her  first job as a news anchor for being too emotionally involved in the  stories she reported. However, when they made her the host of a little  talk show that was doing poorly in the ratings, just to let her ride out  her contract, she found her seat of greatness and followed a path that  changed the trajectory of her life. But her success also changed the  trajectory of the lives of so many more, including the girls being  educated at her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Within our  villages there are other girls like J.K Rowling, who went from being a  single mother on welfare to a best-selling author and billionaire with  her Harry Potter books and film franchise. Her philanthropic efforts  combat poverty and social inequality as well as provide funds for other  organizations that aid children, one-parent families, and multiple  sclerosis research. Within our village there are other girls like Ieshia  Champs, the single mother of five who, against all possible odds, at  the age of 33, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Law School, and soon after  passed the bar exam.


These  women are examples of why we recognize the women who not only excel in  their professions, but accept the opportunity to be role models, and  actively pave the way for others by sharing their time, talent and  resources. In  addition, we recognize them because they are willing to share their  raw, honest “stories.” The stories that provide encouragement to others by demonstrating that setbacks, challenges, even tragedies, don’t have  to mean the end of the journey or the inability to reach a goal. To us,  these are the Women Who Rock Their Roles!

~ M.G. Ballard