RedHot High Tea Returns to Benefit Primo Center

Chicago, IL May 10, 2009 – The RedHot Board is proud to announce RedHot High Tea II on Sunday, May 31, 2009 from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery at 110 North Peoria Street in Chicago.Â

The 2nd annual event, entitled “City Style”, will raise money for the Primo Center for Women and Children (“PCWC”), an interim housing program for mothers and their children located in the West Garfield neighborhood of Chicago.

Anna McCoy, a noted empowerment coach and author, will address the crowd and announce the launch Hope’s Chance, a business opportunity for homeless women and self-supporting young adults.

“Hope’s Chance’s mission is to employ homeless women, working age orphans and others in dire straits, and donate half of the company’s net profits to charity,” said Diane Primo Co-Chairman of PCWC and Chief Executive Officer of Hope’s Chance. “All of us at Hope’s Chance look forward to our partnership with the Primo Center. In these tough economic times our hope is to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to charities like the Primo Center for Women and Children.”

“As the economic crisis worsens, charities need to get creative in finding new funding sources,” said Christine Achre, Chief Executive Officer of Primo Center for Women and Children. “With organizations like the RedHot Board, Hope’s Chance and The Entertaining Company, which donates the formal high tea menu, our organization is able to move forward with innovative programs for homeless moms and their children.”

About Primo Center for Women and Children

PCWC is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) an interim housing program for mothers and their children located in the West Garfield neighborhood of Chicago. The center’s “LessHomeless” campaign is creating effective solutions to bring an end to family homelessness.

The Primo Center for Women and Children is named in honor of the late Right Reverend Quintin E. Primo, Junior. Bishop Primo was first to serve in many areas: the first president of the National Union of Black Episcopalians; the first black bishop of Chicago; the first bishop to ordain women priests in that diocese; and the first black Episcopal bishop in the Diocese of Delaware. For more information, please visit our website at

About RedHot

RedHot is the fundraising arm of the Primo Center for Women and Children. It oversees several events during the year including the RedHot Gala, RedHot Midnight Kiss, RedHot Cocktails, and RedHot Greens and RedHot High Tea.

Media Contacts:

Trish Hoffman 312-805-4314

Jeff Fisher 312-805-4850

Chicago Diocese of Episcopal Church To Honor Dollie Williams, Executive Director of PCWC

Chicago, IL – May 5, 2009- Primo Center for Women and Children (“PCWC”) Executive Director Dollie Williams will receive the Bishop’s Award during the Bishop’s Associates Annual Luncheon on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Union Club in Chicago. The Bishop’s Award, which will be presented by Rt. Reverend Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of the Chicago Diocese of the Episcopal Church, recognizes individuals for outstanding service to God, church and community.

“It’s an honor to receive the Bishop’s Award,” said Williams, who has been with the Primo Center since 2002. “The mothers and children that come through the doors of our center inspire me every day to help, but the real winners are my staff and the supporters of our shelter.”

“Ms. Williams is very deserving of this award, because of her tireless dedication to the cause of ending homelessness…one family at a time,” said Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of PCWC. “She is a tireless worker, who has dedicated her life to helping others. With the help of her great staff, the Primo Center has been able to make a difference in the lives of many families dealing with being homeless.”