WHM: Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez Among 7 Honored by Camden, Mayor Vic Carstarphen


Awardees at the Women of Purpose event on March 24 put on by City of Camden. Photo courtesy of City of Camden Twitter/X.

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CAMDENState Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez was one of seven women who were honored on Sunday, March 24, by the City of Camden and Mayor Vic Carstarphen at the 11th annual Women of Purpose Ladies Tea at the Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive.

Camden City Council President Angel Fuentes shed light on the event that originated with the late Gwendolyn Faison, Camden’s first female mayor. Faison served from 2000 to 2010, guiding the city through some of its most turbulent times with strong leadership and a steady hand.

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The honors come during Women’s History Month, where women around the state and country are being recognized for their contributions to the community.

Honorees include:

Photo courtesy City of Camden Twitter/X.
  • State Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez
  • Belinda Farmer, music teacher, Camden Creative Arts HS
  • Esther Gross, educator, Camden City Public Schools
  • Lachisha Laws, community development manager, CAMcare
  • Tawanda L. Mays, Camden Police
  • Michelle Pilla, Wholesome Riches nonprofit founder
  • Jacqueline M. Santiago-Vicente, founder, of Neighborhood Collaborative Community Gardens

“Good Morning Philadelphia” cohost Alex Holly, of Fox 29 News in Philadelphia, was the host for the event and gave the keynote address.

Photo courtesy City of Camden.

“The event celebrates the amazing women who help improve our community,” the City of Camden said in a statement on Twitter/X. “Congrats to this year’s honorees. A special thank you to Alex Holley from Fox29 for delivering an incredible keynote address.”

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