That's a Chica! Shana Bryant & Chica Project's 7th Annual The Power of One Fundraiser

 Shana Bryant (center) poses with Chica Project Interim Executive Director, Erika Rodriguez (left) and Chica Project Founder, Nurys Camargo (right).

Shana Bryant (center) poses with Chica Project Interim Executive Director, Erika Rodriguez (left) and Chica Project Founder, Nurys Camargo (right).

 The 7th annual Power of One Fundraiser took place at Dona Habana Restaurant.

The 7th annual Power of One Fundraiser took place at Dona Habana Restaurant.

 Chica Project Fellows are all smiles.

Chica Project Fellows are all smiles.

Last Thursday at the swanky Dona Habana Restaurant in Roxbury, Chica Project hosted it’s 7th Annual ‘The Power of One’ fundraising event. A wonderful evening with lots of amazing food, wonderful people and a whole lot of networking, the event made for a light and festive mood; however the reason for convening on this particular evening was anything but light. Founded by Nurys Camargo, Chica Project is a mentoring program for young Latina women and serves, “to close the opportunity divide for Latinas by empowering them with the skills, confidence, and network necessary to thrive personally and professionally.” The annual Power of One fundraising event is one way to ensure the organization accomplishes this goal.    

 Founder, Nurys Camargo takes a selfie with Boston City Councillor, Ayanna Pressley.

Founder, Nurys Camargo takes a selfie with Boston City Councillor, Ayanna Pressley.

 Attendees mingle, have drinks and socialize during The Power of One Fundraiser.

Attendees mingle, have drinks and socialize during The Power of One Fundraiser.

 Dona Habana Restaurant provided delicious appetizers.

Dona Habana Restaurant provided delicious appetizers.

 Boston City Councillor, Ayanna Pressley awards Stephanie Merritt with the Community Partnership Award.

Boston City Councillor, Ayanna Pressley awards Stephanie Merritt with the Community Partnership Award.

Guests arrived and were treated to plentiful and amazing Cuban appetizers. They sipped on their cocktails, while Chica Project staff walked around with tickets for their 50/50 raffle. Once the actual program commenced, the crowd heard remarks from Interim Executive Director, Erika Rodriguez. She thanked the people, the sponsors and then introduced three dynamic young mentees. Although three different perspectives, each one of these young women echoed sentiments of gratitude and appreciation for the positive impact Chica Project has had on their lives. Last but certainly not least, Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley gave the keynote address before Pamela Rosario and Stephanie Merritt were honored as the evening’s honorees.

 Interim Executive Director, Erika Rodriguez, hugs one of the mentees before giving her the floor to address the crowd.

Interim Executive Director, Erika Rodriguez, hugs one of the mentees before giving her the floor to address the crowd.

 Chica Project staff all gather together.

Chica Project staff all gather together.

 The Mentor and Community Partnership awards.

The Mentor and Community Partnership awards.

 Program partixipants pose with Interim Executive Director, Erika Rodriguez, Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley, and award recipients Pamela Rosario and Stephanie Merritt. 

Program partixipants pose with Interim Executive Director, Erika Rodriguez, Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley, and award recipients Pamela Rosario and Stephanie Merritt. 

 Shana Bryant (left) consulting with her assistant for the evening.

Shana Bryant (left) consulting with her assistant for the evening.

While the evening continued on, there was one unsung hero in the room! Who was she? Shana Bryant of Shana Bryant Consulting! Shana’s work with Chica Project began last year when she applied to be their event planning fellow, becoming responsible for many of the organization’s event programming. She even organized and executed last year’s group trip to Washington, DC. The collaborations between Shana Bryant and Chica Project were so successful that Shana stayed on as their official event planner. Prior to the start of and throughout The Power of One fundraising event, Shana could be found buzzing around making sure everyone and everything was on schedule, communicating any needs to the venue staff and most importantly ensuring the event was smooth sailing for Chica Project staff.

 Shana Bryant (left) and Sheena Collier of The Collier Connection. 

Shana Bryant (left) and Sheena Collier of The Collier Connection. 

 Shana Bryant (right) and Boston City Councillor, Ayanna Pressley. 

Shana Bryant (right) and Boston City Councillor, Ayanna Pressley. 

 Shana Bryant doing what she does best.

Shana Bryant doing what she does best.

More than just an event planner, Shana Bryant is a project and event management specialist. Her sphere of work specifically focuses on helping busy professionals and organizations with vision and event planning. She essentially helps her clients identify and set goals, create event timelines and deliverables all while holding her clients accountable to ensure success. And with over 17 years of professional experience, Shana Bryant is a trusted name in her field. In addition to Chica Project, Shana Bryant has worked with the Women’s Pipeline for Change, the Greater Boston Morehouse College Boston Alumni Association, Noah’s Ark Tabernacle Church as well as Linda Wellness Warriors. 

Currently, Shana is planning the first ever Beautiful Me Girls Conference for girls in grades 6-12. Over 100 middle and high school girls are expected to attend this conference where girls of color can foster healthy relationships with each other and explore topics such as sexual health, self-esteem and racism. For more information, click here.

To connect with Shana Bryant, you can do so via Instagram, Facebook or visit her website at http://shanabryant.net/!

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