Dean will be guest speaker
SIKESTON -- The 19th Daughters of Sunset Annual Day banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at the Sikeston Country Club.
The event is open to the public. Tickets are available from any Daughters of Sunset member, or they can be purchased at the door. Ticket prices are $30 per couple or $25 per person. Proceeds will go toward the Daughters of Sunset scholarship fund and all donations are tax deductible.
Honorees for the 2003 Daughters of Sunset Annual Day are Tonya Mitchell-Bonner, Tyrone Price and Edna Pride.
A 1993 graduate of Sikeston Senior High School, Tonya Mitchell-Bonner attended SER's Beauty College and is self-employed as a cosmetologist at Murl's Touch. As chairperson for Scott County Hearth Health Coalition, Mitchell-Bonner provides programs that help to increase opportunities for the citizens of the community. She is a member of the House of Prayer Church of God in Christ and board member of the Sikeston Community Credit Union.
Mitchell-Bonner is the mother of Tyianna Bonner and Tyra Bonner. Her parents are Ronald Pulley and Murlee-Mitchell Pulley and Louis Montjoy, and she is the granddaughter of Louis V. Montjoy Sr.
Tyrone Price is a deacon of St. John Missionary Baptist Church. He is senior warden of King David Lodge 11, Worthy Patron Rose of Sharon and associate patron of St. Matthew Grand Lodge.
Price graduated in 1975 from Sikeston Public Schools and is a board member for Southeast Partners for Progress. He works with the Weed and Seed St. John Safe Haven for youth and is also a staff member with the longest running gospel radio program in the Southeast Missouri area, "Gospel Hour."
The son of Velma Woods, Price is married to Stafita Boyd-Price.
Married for 25 years to Larry Joe Pride, Edna Pride is a teacher at the Good Shepherd Christian Academy Preschool and has worked in the ministry of youth evangelism most of her adult life.
Pride earned a certificate in biblical counseling from the American Association of Christian Counselors and a bachelor of arts degree in religious education from Green Memorial Biblical University in June 1993, graduating with honors. Currently Pride is working toward her master's degree in religious education at Green Memorial Biblical University.
A 1977 graduate of Parma High School, Pride has been a member of Green Memorial Church of God in Christ for the past 22 years, where she has worked as church treasurer, Sunday school teacher, purity class teacher, and junior and senior drill team commander.
Pride is the daughter of the late Eddie and Pearlie Bell and the mother of two children, Cory Joe Pride, 19, and Katrina LaShon Pride, 14.
Outstanding youth honorees for the Annual Day are Ashuana Bryant and Cara Patrice Dillard.
A member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Ashuana Bryant is the daughter of Evonda Wiley and Cassius Clay Bryant. She is a junior at Sikeston High School.
An honor roll student, Bryant was selected to be a member of the National Honor Roll Society. Bryant's short-term goals include graduating high school and earning some scholarships to attend college. Her long-term goals are to graduate college and become a children's social worker because she likes to help and work with children.
A senior at Sikeston High School, Cara Dillard is the daughter of Nancy and George Kent.
Dillard is involved in many extracurricular activities. During her freshman year, she was Family Career and Community Leaders of America president, Student Council secretary and Art Club member. As a junior, she was a member of the varsity cheerleading squad and Foreign Language Club. She was also the academics editor of the yearbook staff.
This year Dillard was elected cayenne of the Red Peppers and is the first African-American to hold the position. She is also club secretary for Students Against Drunk Driving and ASTRA treasurer and member of the Student Council and Concert Chorale.
A member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, where she serves as church announcer and is a member of the mass choir, she is also qualified for the Missouri A+ tuition assistance program.
Dillard was featured in Who's Who Among America's High School Students and was on the National Honor Roll. She plans to attend Arkansas State University, where she would like to major in journalism and minor in education.
Cynthia Dean will serve as the guest speaker at the 19th Daughters of Sunset Annual Day. Dean currently serves as director of the Missouri Bootheel Healthy Start, a federally funded program targeting the Bootheel communities to reduce infant mortality.
Dean has extensive experience working with diverse populations involving state and federal community health programs. Dean graduated with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and guidance counseling from Alabama State University in Montgomery.
An advocate for community-based programs, Dean has been instrumental in coordinating many health programs with state and national initiatives. In addition, she has been spokesperson for civil rights and has served in elected positions of the NAACP. Consequently, she received the 1999 Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission Service Award for her contributions. A former state employee with the Missouri Department of Health, Dean was recognized as employee of the month and Missouri employee of the year.
Dean has also held various board positions throughout the region, state and nation. She currently serves on the board of the National Rural Health Association, the National Healthy Start Association and the Centers for Disease Control Task Force.
A member of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Charleston, where her husband, the Rev. Bobby Dean, serves as pastor, she is the mother of an 18-year-old daughter. Dean and her family reside in Poplar Bluff.
For more information regarding ticket purchases, call Sue Marble at 481-0557.