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The inaugural United Way Women's Leadership Luncheon on Feb. 24 will honor longtime Henderson banker Selma Bartlett, Las Vegas educator Carolyn Goodman and obstetrician/gynecologist Florence Jameson and is expected to raise $250,000 in the process.
The 11:30 a.m. event at Caesars Palace will feature a keynote speech by Marilyn Winn, president of Bally's, Rio and Paris.
The Women's Leadership Council of the United Way of Southern Nevada was created more than a year ago to help improve lives through education, health care and financial stability, said Beth Miller, vice president of major gifts for the Southern Nevada chapter of United Way.
"Women's philanthropy is a driving force not only in our local community but also nationally," Miller said. "It's a vehicle to spread the word, to inspire other women leaders to join us in creating lasting change in our community and to raise the necessary dollars. It takes money to feed the hungry and provide shelter to the homeless."
So far, the leadership council has 70 members on its board, each of whom contributes a minimum of $2,500, and Miller expects to reach more than 100 members this year.
The honored women were chosen by the council and a group of volunteers.
Bartlett, who is being recognized with the 2009 Financial Stability Award, has been banking for 52 years in Henderson.
"She's been a driving force in the community's business and financial development and in promoting financial stability," Miller said. "The Women's Leadership Council felt that Selma exemplifies leadership, commitment and vision at the highest level."
Bartlett and her husband have also provided scholarships for those seeking degrees in banking, accounting, nursing and teaching, Miller said.
Goodman, who is being honored with the 2009 Commitment to Education Award, is the founder and president of The Meadows School, as well as Mayor Oscar Goodman's wife.
"She has served the community with distinction for over 40 years," Miller said. "Carolyn was chosen due to her deep commitment to volunteerism and education."
Jameson is being recognized with the 2009 Access to Healthcare Award after practicing in Southern Nevada for 20 years.
"Dr. Jameson is deeply committed to the ideals of volunteerism and free medical care to the uninsured and underinsured," Miller said.
She also worked to establish a free nonprofit health clinic affiliated with Volunteers in Medicine.
"All three women just lead by example," Miller said. "They are truly outstanding role models."
Miller expected several hundred guests to attend the event and foresaw a powerful role for the council despite the area's economic troubles. She said the group's fundraising has increased by 130 percent since June.
"It's truly remarkable," Miller said. "We're growing dramatically."
Dave Clark can be reached at 990-2677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.