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Mother of the Year Honored
By Sentinel Staff Writer
Published May 4, 2007

The Rose Breast Cancer Society and the Celebrity Centre International will present the 10th Annual Rose Variety Arts Show the first Sunday of May 6, on the historical grounds of the Celebrity Centre International 5930 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, Calif

This location has become the annual beautiful setting for the important cause of breast cancer prevention and wellness promotion, as well as an artist exhibition and the Rose Variety Stage Show. Brunch sets the course of the day at the Renaissance Restaurant beginning at 11 a.m., followed by the Wellness mini expo where visitors can meet health care experts and receive valuable educational information, and at noon the Garden Pavilion Theatre will host a silent auction followed by the Rose Variety Stage Show at 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Rose Breast Cancer Society is a 501.c3 non-profit organization. It is a grassroots and arts based organization founded by Los Angeles artist and former art educator Carmelita Pittman in memory of her mother Juanita Zara Espinosa Uddin, a multi-talented artist whose life was cut short by breast cancer. It is a living memorial and a labor of love.

It has become the personal walk of Carmelita Pittman who has walked in memory of her mother for other organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Revlon Walk.

She has enjoined volunteers from all walks of life to join her in the mission of spreading “education for the prevention and intervention of breast cancer.” To that end The Rose Breast Cancer Society has become aligned with promoting the benefits of Infrared Thermography, a lifesaving non-invasive breast cancer screening examination which can effectively detect breast cancer before it can strike up to ten years in advance. She recently wrote an extensive article entitled “What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Prevention” which was published Sept. 2006 in LaBrea Living Magazine.

In addition to the outreach work The Rose Breast Cancer Society has continued to produce the Annual Rose Variety Arts Show, which also includes a tribute to motherhood. It has been held by tradition the first Sunday of May.

This year’s Mother of the Year is Ruth Griffin, who is 94 years young. She hails from Oklahoma of a family with seven siblings who lived on an 80-acre farm, which grew cotton, corn and sugar cane. Her father was an entrepreneur of sorts who made syrup from the sugar cane.

A Christian woman, she has served as a Deaconess and Sunday school administrator at the Church of the Living God. She still hosts Bible studies in her home and now enjoys her retirement by cooking and gardening. She has also been a resident for 39 years at an apartment building, which was owned by Mrs. Uddin and is now in the care of Ms. Pittman. The building has a view of the city and still maintains the rose garden created by Ms. Uddin whose favorite flower was the rose for which The Rose Breast Cancer Society was named.

The Honorable Congresswoman Diane Watson and Willis Edwards are scheduled to receive an award at the 10th Annual Rose Variety Arts Stage Show. Congresswoman Diane E. Watson was born in Los Angeles and is a lifetime resident of the 33rd Congressional District, California. She has set a legacy for setting firsts and is responsible for many beneficial enactments that have served the public at large.

Her tenure has included service as a Senator and appointment by President Clinton to serve as Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia in 1999.

She has been a champion of the people for years. She is also an honorary member of The Rose Breast Cancer Society and has been a loyal supporter. As an advocate for health she has also played a key role in the enactment of legislation to promote breast cancer research.

Willis Franklin Earl Edwards hails from Carthage, Texas. He was raised in Palm Springs in Section 14 of the Cahuilla Indian Reservation. A NAACP executive, Willis Edwards is known for his political and civil activism from which the public at large has benefited. He is listed as a history maker. He is responsible for persuading NBC president Brandon Tartikoff to nationally televise the NAACP Image awards and served as the producer.

Amongst his achievements is national exposure of civil rights legend Rosa Parks at the 1998 Oscars, and a seat next to Bill and Hilary Clinton at the State of the Union Address, as well as a meeting with Pope John Paul II. His role was also key in the successful recruitment and campaign of Diane Watson for Congress.

He has also worked on many projects such as coordinatingNelson Mandela’s 1992 trip to Los Angeles. He will be honored for his humanitarian work and his support of The Rose Breast Cancer Society.

Also expected to attend is the legendary Buddy Collette and the legendary Linda Hopkins. Linda Hopkins has been honored in the past as Mother of the Year. Buddy Collette is also scheduled in next year’s production to receive a special tribute. Other celebrities such as Lady Java and more are expected to attend. The theme of the event is again “Parade of Angels” and everyone is invited to wear white. Francisco Ramirez’s ten-foot tall angel sculptures will again descend on the scene. Included on this year’s Rose Variety Arts Stage review is noted musician Willman Morcillo and company, dancer Vanessa Guerrero, vocalists Carmelita, Amelie M’Baye of Senegal, Jonathan Hernandez, Barbara Cordova Oliver, Alison Iraheta, In-ternational Parade of Angels, Danza Centeotl, Cal Arts dancers, Guadalupae.

This year’s hosts are the lovely actress and songstress Roxanna Bonnila-Giannini and toastmaster Alberto Cabilan. Both have considerable credits in the industry. Roxanna has appeared in films with the likes of Dolly Parton, and Jane Fonda. She has also toured extensively.

Proceeds from the event will enable The Rose Breast Cancer Society to continue its outreach program and the establishment of a fund to benefit those who need supplemention to receive Infrared Thermography breast cancer screening.

The Rose Breast Cancer Society currently provides $300.00 discount certificates, which are honored by the Vibrance Medical Group of Beverly Hills.
For more information call (310) 274-1130

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