MIAMI, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Miami will move to a decidedly "Continental" beat when approximately 300 women from 43 chapters across the United States and Bermuda converge on the Magic City June 23-27th for the Continental Societies, Inc.'s 54th annual conclave. Adding their brand of style and substance to the city's sizzling summer scene, the Continental Societies' conference will include a health fair for hundreds of local children, free dental screenings, treatment referrals and oral health education, provided by the Colgate Mobile Dental Van, formal galas, and appearances by such celebrities as popular recording artist Howard Hewett; Glenda Hatchett, star of the Emmy-nominated television show "Judge Hatchett;" 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Andre Dawson; five-time World Champion Power Lifter and Guinness Book World Record Holder James Henderson, and author, educator and lecturer Dennis Kimbro.
Founded in 1956, the Continental Societies is a public service organization dedicated to improving the socioeconomic and cultural welfare of underprivileged children and creating environments that provide youth access to quality opportunities to reach their potential. The organization's annual conclave offers members a forum to review, expand and initiate programs, exchange ideas and establish best practices for advancing its agenda over the next twelve months.
Headquartered at the Miami Hilton and Towers, the theme of the 2010 conclave is "Our Children, Our Commitment, Our Concern." Finance, programmatic and leadership workshops will benefit members and their chapters, while community outreach activities, such as the health fair and Colgate Mobile Dental Van visit reaffirm the organization's commitment to youth. Service-oriented initiatives, like its health program, have established the Continental Societies as a leader in the campaign to improve the quality of life for children. Last year, members of the organization logged more than 100,000 volunteer hours and reached roughly 200,000 children with hands-on service programs supporting health, education, employment, recreation, the arts and humanities.
"As an organization, we are keenly aware of the difference dynamic women can make in the lives of children and this nation," explains W. Chris Stewart, the Continental Societies' national president. "We stand on the shoulders of women who reached out to provide comfort and charity to those in need and evolved into a united, powerful force for change. Our members draw strength and inspiration from one another and, coming together each year at conclave, we refresh, regenerate and rededicate ourselves to our children and our communities."
SOURCE Continental Societies, Inc.