‘Celebration of Women’

Abramson to speak at a new
Oldham County chamber event

‘Tablescapes’ networking event
to be held at Soiree

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (October 2011) – Native Louisvillian Madeline Abramson is very proud of her community. As the wife of former Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson, she has devoted her time to volunteering and higher education, becoming a role model for many women.
She will continue in that role in October when she Abramson will serve as the keynote speaker for the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development’s inaugural “Celebration of Women” event on Friday, Oct. 7, at Soiree reception hall, 1228 Market St., in La Grange. The event includes a noon brunch and networking opportunities, gifts for attendees and music.

Madeline Abramson

Photo provided

Native Louisvillian Madeline Abramson
will be the keynote speaker for a
new event in Oldham County
geared toward women. She is the
wife of former Louisville Metro
Mayor Jerry Abramson.

Former First Lady Abramson has served on various committees for local charities and garnered many awards for her outstanding efforts. In 1998, she received the Ira J. Porter Award from the American Red Cross, the highest award the Red Cross gives out. It recognizes leadership contribution to a local chapter.
She received the Agency Leadership Award from Metro United Way in 2001 for her work with Maryhurst. Abramson was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Louisville Golden Key National Honor Society in recognition of her commitment to higher education, the University of Louisville and the community. She holds a degree from the University of Louisville.
Like her husband, she is very involved with the community. In 2004, Abramson was named the Caritas Foundation Community Leader of the Year. She was chosen as the 2004-05 Citizen Laureate by the Younger Women’s Club of Louisville.
Never tiring of civic duty, Abramson has served as Board Member of The Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence, The Clifton Cultural Center, Maryhurst, the National Council of Jewish Women-Louisville Section, Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, advisory director of the American Heart Association, and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Center for the Arts.
The Oldham Chamber event in La Grange actually begins the day before on Thursday, Oct. 6, with a cocktail reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. called the “Tablescape Reveal.”
“This event is an after hours networking event for all of our Chamber members,” said Deana Epperly Karem, executive director of the Oldham Chamber & Economic Development. “This way, everyone can see the tables and learn more about the companies before the brunch scheduled for the next day.”
The Celebration of Women event started three years ago “as a way to celebrate and honor the contributions of women in Oldham County,” Karem said. A panel discussion was held in which more than 80 women and men came out to talk about starting a business, raising children, making a difference in the community, and networking with other female leaders.
“Many men came to this first event to honor the women that work with them and to celebrate their accomplishments,” she said. “This year we wanted to take it up a notch and really get it noticed.”
Three women from the community who have made significant contributions to the county will be recognized at this event. The brunch is sponsored by ResCare Homecare and the co-presenter is The Oldham Era. The entire event is sponsored by PNC Bank.
Karem collaborated with Tony Cotton, publisher of The Oldham Era, to create this unique Chamber and community event because Cotton had experience with a Tablescape event in another community. The Tablescape event became the theme of the 2011 Celebration of Women event.
Keynote speaker Abramson is “a community activist, a great leader, a mom, a career person and a strong advocate for education. We’re honored to have her celebrate and share her story with us,” Karem said.
Karem stressed that this event is a “Celebration of Women” not a “Celebration for Women.” The Chamber hopes men feel that it is appropriate to attend and show their support.
“So many wonderful women are living and working to make a difference in Oldham County,” Karem said. “They are managing families, farms, careers, church activities and community issues. Women are the backbone of Oldham County and so often we don’t see or hear about them.”

• For more information on the Celebration of Women event, contact the Oldham Chamber & Economic Development at (502) 222-1635.

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