Nine local mothers in Trotwood will be honored in an event, including a long-time News Center 7 anchor.
Letitia Perry will be honored with the 2019 Inspirational Mother Award by Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald at the city’s Fourth Annual Mother’s Day event this weekend.
“I’m honored,” Perry said. “It’s particularly appreciated because it comes from my hometown.”
Perry was selected because she is a Trotwood resident and serves as a role model for the city as well as the Miami Valley, according to Ciara Lewis, the event organizer. Perry exudes professionalism to the community as a whole.
“She has the outstanding ability to reach and inspire people daily,” McDonald said.
The women being honored were nominated by citizens and city staff who submitted a nomination form through the city Facebook page or website. It gives the opportunity for people to nominate a mother in the Trotwood community.
“It has been one of the stellar events for reaching out to our community,” McDonald said.
Mothers nominated have shown service and accomplishments in the community in their own unique ways.
“I do things because I feel like I’m called to do it,” Perry said.
She is a graduate of Meadowdale High School and Central Michigan University. She spent time after graduation working in Michigan and Columbus before accepting a position at WHIO-TV in 2001 as a general assignment reporter.
“I have an affinity for students and senior citizens,” Perry said.
She is the mother of twins, Jade and Jewel, and is a morning and noon anchor for News Center 7.
The other eight mothers being recognized are Diane Costner, Gayle Gibbons, Amber Ross- Brown, Dr. Daria Graham, Elveria Brown- Goolsby, Nikki Parker, Hope Kelley and Virginia Ward.
McDonald will present each mother at the event and will tell event-goers why each person was nominated.
The community is invited to attend the Mother’s Day Event on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Trotwood Community and Cultural Arts Center on Lake Center Drive.
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Entertainment will be provided by Omega Baptist Church Male Chorus, spoken word from Young Ladies Aspiring Greatness, dance from Anointed and Appointed and a message from a Trotwood student motivational speaker.