Friday, April 06, 2007

Rondell Sheridan Emcees Working Moms Awards

LAS VEGAS - Actor, comedian and Disney television star Rondell Sheridan will be the master of ceremonies for the third annual Create Your Dreams Awards, held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 at MGM Grand Las Vegas.

Sheridan, known to families worldwide as Victor Baxter, the goofy, yet smart father of TV teens Raven and Cory on the Disney Channel top-rated television series "That's So Raven" and "Cory In The House." The former co-host of the relationship series "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus," he is also an accomplished stand-up comedian with three television specials and appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" among his credits.

Presented by the Moms In Business Network and the International Association of Working Mothers, the Create Your Dreams Awards honor the achievements of working mothers nationwide and also in Nevada. This year's gala will benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which has assisted with more than 125,200 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 107,600 children.

Nationally-recognized female executives who will be honored at the gala include: Sheila Johnson, president of WNBA Washington Mystics - recipient of the Luminary Award; Rani Hong, co-founder of The Tronie Foundation - recipient of the Woman of Courage Award; and Julie Aigner-Clark, founder of Baby Einstein and The SafeSide - recipient of Working Mother of the Year.

Also receiving honors for their support of working mothers will be Integrated Science Solutions Inc., recipient of the Company of the Year Award, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), recipient of the Working Mother Advocate Award.

Finalists for Nevada awards to be announced at the gala include:

Working Mother of the Year: Selina Knapp, vice president of Hooters Casino Hotel; Maureen Peckman, CEO of Peckman Media; and Kimberly Bailey-Tureaud, CEO of Culturally Diverse Advertising Media Relations & Events.

Luminary Award: Holli Dorr, CEO of Hollister Construction Co.; Valerie Murzi, senior vice president of Station Casinos; and Bonnie Houldsworth, founder of Houldsworth Russo Accountants.

Create Your Dreams Award: Cheleen Morgan, owner of The Antique Mall; Paula Yakubik, managing partner of MasMedia Public Relations; and Louise Helton, founder of Classroom on Wheels.

Working Mother Advocate: Mary House CEO of Caring, Helping & Restoring Lives Inc. (CHR); Donna Anspach, founder of Nevadans for Quality Education; and Carolyn Stephens, co-founder of NAWBO Las Vegas.

Woman of Courage Award: Carole Devon, executive director of Positively Kidz; Kelli Thurmond, cancer-survivor and single working mom; and Kathy Orscel, business owner, caregiver and stroke/heart attack survivor.

Company of the Year Award: Nevada Woman Magazine, Primm Valley Resort & Casino and Nevada Federal Credit Union.

More information and online reservations for the Create Your Dreams Awards Gala are available at www.mibn.org or by calling 1-800-790-MIBN.

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