REAL beauty takes center stage! That is the vibe that was very apparent at the inaugural 2013 BIBO Awards Chicago event that was held on October 27, 2013 at the fun and eclectic Catalyst Ranch in Chicago’s West Loop area. 14 amazing Chicago-based women were honored for the beauty of their great works, humanitarian efforts, and unwavering passion to give back to others.
The BIBO Awards was founded by Traci S. Campbell. She is also the founder of the 501c3 organization that BIBO Awards supports, The C.H.A.M.P. Community Project (www.champcommunityproject.org) Campbell is an IT professional, author, trainer, podcaster, and social entrepreneur who saw a strong need in today’s climate to celebrate, honor, and promote the accomplishments of women leaders, role models, trailblazers, and mentors. According to Campbell, We have, as a society, pigeon-holed what beauty is and what it means. This has crippled many women emotionally and mentally. We have to broaden our mindsets and truly embrace that real beauty is not one dimensional...it is very diverse. The BIBO Awards aim to combat the oftentimes negative and limited images of women in modern media.
At this very first ground-breaking event, 14 women were honored in categories ranging from politics to entrepreneurship to spiritual leadership military service to overcoming homelessness. Honorees included child advocate, Erin Merryn, who overcame sexual abuse as a child, and has worked tirelessly to have Erin’s Law passed in over 8 states and counting; Senator Iris Y. Martinez, the first Latina to grace the Illinois State Senate; Andrea Metcalf, a 20 year veteran in the physical fitness arena and has been featured on several network shows and in many major magazines; Shea Vaughn, creator of Sheanetics fitness program and mother of actor Vince Vaughn. These amazing women were just of few of the outstanding women who graced the stage to receive the coveted Reflection Award trophy.
Guests enjoyed great food by local chef, Chef David Blackmon, and guests had the chance to walk the purple carpet! Local talent singer Tressa Thomas, who appeared in movies such as The Five Heartbeatsand Flatliners (Tressa also an honoree who received her Reflection Award trophy for her amazing talent), belted out a powerful rendition of Etta James’At Last. And a lively and colorful belly dance was supplied by the ladies of Abbrevaya Dance. Next stop for the BIBO Awards is Atlanta, Georgia on December 8th, 2013.