CHICAGO, IL, July 13, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ --
- The Hats, Heels and Hankies Tea will be emceed by Donnie Nicole Smith, educator and writer with Black And Married with Kids.com, experienced fertility challenges before the age of 30 alongside her husband, Chicago hiphop artist Che "Rhymefest" Smith
- Fertility for Colored Girls was founded by the Rev. Stacey Edwards-Dunn. After 7 years, 8 IVF cycles and a devastating miscarriage, Rev. Stacey and her husband are expecting a baby fall 2014
- Black women women are more likely to experience infertility than white women (11.5% to 7%)
An annual fundraiser to raise funds and awareness about infertility in women of color, particularly African American women, will feature women as young 30 sharing their stories
The Hats, Heels and Hankies Tea fundraiser will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 2 at Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago. Tickets are $40 and proceeds will go toward and financial gift to a woman or couple seeking to build a family. You may donate or purchase tickets online at http://www.fertilityforcoloredgirls.org.
"The tea will be another opportunity for us to raise awareness about the pressing issue of infertility in the African-American community while women and men gather to enjoy exquisite afternoon of tea," says Edwards-Dunn. "It will also be FFCG's first opportunity to not only reveal some of our new partners, but also raise funds to provide couples who can't afford infertility treatment or cost of adoption and desire to build a family. We are so very excited about the possibilities and grateful for those who have made the decision to support the cause."
The tea will be emceed by 30-year-old Donnie Nicole Smith, a longtime teacher and now executive director of the recently launched nonprofit Donda's House. But it is also her role as infertility awareness advocate that aligns Smith with the mission of FFCG. Smith and her husband, hip-hop artist Che "Rhymefest" Smith, only realized she had fertility issues during a challenging pregnancy in 2011 that resulted in a heartbreaking miscarriage.
The tea will also feature additional guests sharing their stories, a silent auction and a "Hat Parade" to display attendees' tea regalia. For more information, visit http://www.fertilityforcoloredgirls.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FFCG seeks to provide education, awareness, support and encouragement to African American women/couples and other women of color experiencing infertility and seeking to build the families of their dreams. Additionally, FFCG seeks to empower African American women to take charge of their fertility and reproductive health.
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