Michele Bartko Bossers and Nedra Bartko Perkins. #SEENSuperWomen
Carl Perkins, Melanie Gefert-Azur and Jackie Dixon.
Vince Sims, Adrienne Parkes, Sharon Thomas and Samantha Sims (wife of Vince Sims).
Akia Overton of Munhall and Lytia Brock-Sledge of East Liberty.
Dorie Taylor of North Point Breeze checks out items at a Bartko Foundation Luncheon and boutique shopping event.
Darlene Schicler and Kathy Woll.
Joanne Lorenz and Shimira Williams.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Where: Fairmont Hotel Downtown.
The Founders: Sisters Michele Bartko Bossers and Nedra Bartko Perkins heeded their parents' advice to reach out to others in need. They began the Bartko Foundation, which is an organization that assists single minority mothers to become self-sufficient.
"We help women with whatever they need, from books for school to a reliable car. Since we started 11 years ago, we have given away more than $1 million to women who needed our help to get on their feet," Mrs. Bossers said.
Seen: The Rev. Diana Harbison and Kezia Taylor Woodson browsing the boutiques before lunch.
Life Changing: For Akia Overton and Latia Brock-Sledge, the Bartko Foundation gave them both the chance to follow their dreams. "So many people think single moms don't do anything, but we work hard. Having their support meant everything," said Ms. Overton. "I have been able to go back to school and start my own event business after being blessed with a reliable car," beamed Ms. Brock-Sledge. #SEENMoneyWellSpent
To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner.