Positive vibrations filled the STK Steak House on Sunday, August 6th, at the Women Who Pay it 4ward Brunch. BMW and MADE Magazine honored 4 women in philanthropy, who have dedicated their careers to making a change in their community.
Media personality Bevy Smith hosted the brunch celebrating four phenomenal women Rachel Goldstein, Yvonne Kopacz Wright, Fatima Rahmati and Carmen Perez.
Perez is known for her work in the criminal justice field, as she works with men who have been incarcerated and sat as co-chair of the recent Women’s March that took place in January. Right before she received her award, Perez spoke exclusively with The Knockturnal about what its like being a woman working with male inmates.
“I grew up in a home with a brother who was in and out the system and I buried my sister on my 17th birthday so I don’t really focus on our differences,” said Perez. “So for me I see them as family and I see their humanity, so many people who are incarcerated shouldn’t be.”
In addition to the award ceremony BMW donated money to the PowHERful Foundation. A foundation that supports young women financially, as they pursue higher education. BMW offered guests the opportunity to Drive for A Cause, during which guests were invited to test drive a BMW 4 series convertible. BMW donated $100 for each guest who test drove one of their convertibles to the PowHerful Foundation.
The publisher of MADE magazine also took a moment to speak to with The Knockurnal about partnering with BMW.
“It is a pleasure for MADE to partner with BMW on the Women Who Pay It 4ward Brunch Series,” said Kris D. Williams, publisher of MADE Magazine.” “It’s not every day that global companies like BMW take the time to recognize and celebrate diversity … I’m confident this initiative will result in a positive change for women and girls in communities across the country.”