Irene's Dream Luncheon


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Dr. Kathy Humphrey, Honorary Chair with Board President Melanie Gefert

Irene’s Dream Luncheon & Boutique Shopping is a celebratory luncheon that provides an uplifting opportunity to hear triumphant stories of single minority mothers, who may ordinarily have “fallen through the cracks." They have overcome obstacles and reached potentials that would not have been achievable without a helping hand.


Carmen Anderson is Vice President, Equity & Learning at The Heinz Endowments. She leads efforts to address social injustice and inequity in communities served by the Endowments. Carmen is responsible for organizational development as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity, including the creation of guiding principles for the foundation and learning opportunities for staff and grantees. Carmen also maintains a grantmaking portfolio in the Learning area primarily focused on family health and wellness, and holistic education.

Carmen previously was the Endowments’ Senior Program Officer for Children, Youth and Families, focused on meeting the critical needs of children in the first eight years of life, addressing the special needs of adolescent youth, and strengthening families as a means to promoting healthy development among children. She also led the Endowments’ African American Men & Boys Initiative, created to identify educational, economic, social and leadership opportunities for African American men and boys.

Carmen's professional work has focused primarily on women and children’s issues, particularly family violence and child maltreatment. She has lectured and conducted workshops on a variety of topics pertinent to women, children and families. She has been active in promoting healthy families through community organizing and public awareness, including co-hosting a 15-part television series. Carmen has received the U.S. Department of Human Services Commissioners Award for outstanding service in the field.


Dream Maker - $10,000

Golden Hearts - $7,500

Helping Hands - $5,000

Benefactors - $3,000

Champions - $1,500


Gold - $800

Silver - $650

Bronce - $500


Pictures from 2023 Luncheon


Melissa and Danielle, 2023 IOB Award Recipients


Boutique Shopping

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