The Progressive Chapter, American Business Women's Association, recently hosted its Business Associate/Woman of the Year Banquet at the White Hall City Hall.

The Progressive Chapter, American Business Women’s Association, recently hosted its Business Associate/Woman of the Year Banquet at the White Hall City Hall.

“Reach for the Stars” was the theme of the event chaired by Betsy Foster.

The room was elegantly decorated. Royal blue tablecloths were draped on top of black tablecloths. Magnolia blossoms floating in large footed crystal bowls and crystal candelabras with three votive candles were also placed on the tables.

Jan Adam presented the chapter highlights of the year. Georgia LaGrave introduced the entertainer, Wayne Hawkins, who sang several gospel numbers.

The featured speakers were Lauren Tyler and Lindsey Upshaw, scholarship recipients. They talked about their accomplishments and were very appreciative of what Progressive Chapter had done for them.

Adam introduced the 2012 Business Associate of the Year, Dane Reed. Reed, of Dane’s Auto Sales Inc., is a faithful scholarship and ad donor. While serving as a full-time police officer, he opened Justice Motors in Pine Bluff. A year later he and his father opened Dane’s Auto Sales. He has served as treasurer of the Arkansas Independent Automobile Dealers Association for six years and will assume the position of president in 2013-2014. He and his wife, Holly, have two children, Rebecca and Roston. He also volunteers many hours with the White Hall Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the White Hall Volunteer Fire Department.

Linda Hurd, 2011 Woman of the Year, presented a plaque to the 2012 Woman of the Year, Floretta Scott. Scott has worked at the Department of Corrections in accounting. She presently works for Remax Realty and is a bronze star award winner for realty sales. She and her husband, Aaron, have raised 12 children. She has been an exceptional decorator for many of the chapter’s recent events. She is also the community service chairman coming up with special Thanksgiving and Christmas projects as well as other projects throughout the year.

Alice Erwin, education chairman, announced the three scholarship recipients — Lindsey Upshaw, Jessica Ashcraft and Misty Jager. She also introduced the SBMEF Scholarship Recipient (an ABWA National Fund), Lauren Tyler.

Hurd, ways and means chairman, recognized the 2011-2012 scholarship donors: Dr. Maxwell Fleming Jr., Electrical Systems and Controls Inc., Foster’s Motor Company, Anderson Electric, Cycle and Marine Supercenter, Mr. and Mrs Bob Rosen, Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Douthit Sr., Dane’s Auto Sales, Simmons First National Bank, Linda Eifling, and Pine Bluff National Bank. Hurd also introduced the 2011-2012 ad sponsors: Foster’s Motor Company, Douthit Radio, Pine Bluff National Bank, the Petal Shoppe, Cycle and Marine Supercenter, Dane’s Auto Sales, Simmons First National Bank, and Carrie Scott’s Antiques and Collectibles.

Linda Eifling, chapter president, gave special thanks to Scott-decorations, the Petal Shoppe-centerpiece, LaGrave-invitations and programs. She also thanked the ABWA Progressive Chapter ladies for the meal and drinks as well as Margie Murphy, Nancy Rosen, Linda Eifling, LaGrave, Hurd, Erwin, and Foster for providing the door prizes.