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On the Town: Mayor Warren honored by RBBA, GRAWA

RBBA President Fatimat Reid, Mayor Lovely A. Warren and GRAWA President Melanie Wolk.

RBBA President Fatimat Reid, Mayor Lovely A. Warren and GRAWA President Melanie Wolk.

“What you see is what you get,” Fatimat Reid said as she introduced Mayor Lovely A. Warren to a full house of attorneys and guests on Feb. 13 as the Rochester Black Bar Association co-hosted a reception for the new mayor along with the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys.

Most of the evening included casual socializing, and opportunities to meet the mayor and talk one-on-one. Corporation Counsel T. Andrew Brown was also on hand, along with other senior officials.

Warren spoke briefly, acknowledging the many challenges and opportunities ahead of her.

“I promise you, we will see a big difference in four years,” Warren affirmed.

GRAWA and RBBA representatives said they were proud to plan the reception to honor Rochester’s first woman mayor. The event was held at the Association of American University Women’s East Avenue headquarters in the Perkins Mansion.

The mansion was gifted to the AAUW in 1947, when the female donor, Elizabeth Perkins, told her benefactors: “The world is so in need of sanity, tolerance, discretion, wisdom, faith and love. … I wish that this house may send out in the years to come, thoughts and actions that are going to count in making this world of ours a far better one than it is today.”

— Photos by Nora A. Jones

Craig Carson, C. Bruce Lawrence, Melanie Shiree and Tiffane Robinson.

Craig Carson, C. Bruce Lawrence, Melanie Shiree and Tiffane Robinson.

Jim Paulino and Spencer Ash.

Jim Paulino and Spencer Ash.

Sue Laluk, Valerie Milonas, Bethany Centrone and Paul MacAulay.

Sue Laluk, Valerie Milonas, Bethany Centrone and Paul MacAulay.

Judge Ellen Yacknin and Leticia Astacio.

Judge Ellen Yacknin and Leticia Astacio.

RBBA President Fatimat Reid, Odette Belton and GRAWA President-elect Tiffany Lee.

RBBA President Fatimat Reid, Odette Belton and GRAWA President-elect Tiffany Lee.

Meghan McGuire, Brittany Simon and the Hon. Ellen Yacknin.

Meghan McGuire, Brittany Simon and the Hon. Ellen Yacknin.

Duwaine Bascoe, Tiffany Lee and Karen Bailey-Turner.

Duwaine Bascoe, Tiffany Lee and Karen Bailey-Turner.

Joan Brimlow, Scott Smith and Eileen Buholtz.

Joan Brimlow, Scott Smith and Eileen Buholtz.

Josie Sheppard and Ruth Brooks.

Josie Sheppard and Ruth Brooks.

Sheila Gaddis and Tara Johnson.

Sheila Gaddis and Tara Johnson.

Sandra Williams, Lauren Frank, Eileen Buholtz and Marla Pilaroscia.

Sandra Williams, Lauren Frank, Eileen Buholtz and Marla Pilaroscia.

Maureen Polen, GRAWA President Melanie Wolk and Odette Belton.

Maureen Polen, GRAWA President Melanie Wolk and Odette Belton.

Ashleigh Burrows, Carolyn Nussbaum and Luis Ormaechea.

Ashleigh Burrows, Carolyn Nussbaum and Luis Ormaechea.

Judge Caroline Morrison and immediate-past RBBA president Sara Valencia.

Judge Caroline Morrison and immediate-past RBBA president Sara Valencia.

Michael Lopez and Erica Rose Lopez.

Michael Lopez and Erica Rose Lopez.

Greta Kolcon, T. Andrew Brown and Margaret Sanchez.

Greta Kolcon, T. Andrew Brown and Margaret Sanchez.