to speak at a new
Oldham County chamber event
to be held at Soiree
Helen E. McKinney
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 Developments 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.
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
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 Womens
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
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. Were
honored to have her celebrate and share her story with us, Karem
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 dont see or hear about
For more information on the Celebration
of Women event, contact the Oldham Chamber & Economic Development
at (502) 222-1635.
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