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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Legendary Achievement Award Presented to Rose Harper – Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Lecturer, Adjunct Professor and Passionate Golfer

— The distinguished award, presented by “Sterling Women of Washington DC,” honored Harper for pioneering the way for women and minorities in the golf and sports industry. —

Rose Harper Achievement Award

Rose Harper (center) with Ben and Carolyn Howell, COO and Director/Host of “Sterling Women of Washington, DC”

Washington, DC — Rose Harper, founder of the Grass Ceiling, made a little bit more history when she was presented with the first ever Sterling Women of Washington DC “Legendary Achievement Award”. Carolyn Howell, Founder and President of Fun Company Events, LLC (FCE) and Director & Host of Sterling Women of Washington, DC (SWOWDC) along with her husband Ben H. Howell Jr COO of FCE, left Ms. Harper speechless when the couple made the surprise presentation to her before a standing ovation crowd at the networking luncheon.

Harper’s legendary contributions to the Golf Industry include being one of the founders of the PGA Tour Wives Association, initiating the Golf Digest Minority Golf Summit, and the reformatting of the PGA player credentials. She established a minority joint venture golf course design team (Rose Harper, Gary Player & Arnold Palmer) to provide a golf feasibility study for the Nation’s Capital. She coordinated and implemented a broad range of projects in the public and private sectors. She was the first person of color to operate and manage a professional 18-hole golf complex through the U.S. Department of the Interior. Harper has served on the Board of Directors for the Bing Crosby Golf Tournament, and was recognized by the PGA of America as a Player Manager. She organized the first multi-racial sporting event in the history of South Africa; she was a U.S. Delegate to the Seoul Olympics. Her college course on the Business of the Olympics is now taught at George Washington University.

She was honored in 2006 by the PGA of America as a founding member of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, in 2009 she was inducted into the DC Hall of Fame receiving their Sports Legacy Award, in 2011 she was inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame, and in 2013 she was the first woman to receive The Sam Lacy Pioneer Award from the Greater Washington Urban League. This latest award read in part: “Presented with deep gratitude in recognition of your outstanding contributions, accomplishments and courage against all odds in pioneering the way for women and minorities in the golf and sports industry globally.”

Harper will be share a glimpse of her exciting life on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 when she will be the featured speaker at the Sterling Women of Washington, DC luncheon. The monthly networking luncheon takes place on the first Wednesday of each from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at Clyde’s Restaurant Gallery Place, 707 “7th” Street, NW, Washington DC 20001. Since its launch in November 2014, Sterling Women of Washington DC has become a networking “must attend” for serious business people. Companies all around the DMV are using this dynamic luncheon it is now a part of their business strategy to make meaningful connections.

Tickets for the SWOWDC event are $74 each. For a very limited time only, SWOWDC is making available ‘Founding Member Sponsorship’ opportunities. For more information on this very special limited time offer, please contact Carolyn E. Howell at chowell@sterlingwomenofdc.com or visit www.sterlingwomenofdc.com for more information.

Carolyn E. Howell
Sterling Women of Washington, DC