Spring 2017 Passion Into Action Dinner

Monday, March 20, 2017

Please join us on Monday, March 20, 2017 for our Passion Into Action dinner on “The Power of Advocacy” featuring Debra Griggs, Daun Hester, and Rosemary Wilson.

The Westin at Town Center
4535 Commerce Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

March 20, 2017
Merry Minutes from 6:00 to 6:30 pm
Dinner Begins at 6:30 pm

Please click here to register for this event.

The cost for dinner is $35 and the deadline to RSVP is March 15, 2017.


Debra Griggs is a sustainer with the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach and founder of Animal Resources of Tidewater in 1999 where she remains in leadership. Debra has over thirty years’ experience as a Realtor and is the Managing Broker of RE/MAX Ambassadors in Ghent. Under the brand, Debra Griggs & Partners, she has built a significant business and achieved a vast number of awards throughout her career.  She attended Converse College, Radford University, Memphis State University and the Vienna International Music Center. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Opera and Fine Arts. Her volunteer resume is even more impressive. She is currently the President of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and a member of the Converse College Alumni Club of Norfolk.  Debra is past Chair of the Animal Welfare Coalition of Hampton Roads, the Ryan White HIV CARE Consortium, and the Women’s Multicultural Coalition.  She has served on the Boards of the Hampton Roads Realtor Association Board and Tidewater AIDS Crisis Taskforce.  She is a champion for under-served populations and a leading voice in ending the killing of healthy and treatable animals in shelters.

Daun Hester is a lifelong Norfolk native and a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. After graduating from Norview High School, she earned her B.S. of Education from Virginia State University, cum laude, and a M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. Daun worked as an educator for 22 years with the Norfolk Public Schools System. Daun served on the Norfolk City Council from 1996-2010 and was Norfolk Vice-Mayor from 2004-2008. She was elected to the Virginia legislature in 2012, representing the 89th Virginia House District. Daun has served as chair and also volunteered on multiple boards and task forces in our community. She serves on the Planning Council, is vice-chair for the Norfolk Economic and Community Business, a member of the National League of Cities, she serves as the co-chair of Black Women for Positive Change, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a partner at Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church. She is the owner of Hester and Company, an education and training consultant firm that provides programs and consulting services.

Rosemary Wilson is a member of the Virginia Beach City Council. After graduating from Bayside High School, she earned a BS in Education, summa cum laude, from ODU. She is also a graduate of the Hampton Roads School of Real Estate. Rosemary has received countless recognitions and awards throughout her lifetime, including Most Influential Women of Virginia Award in 2012 from Lawyer’s Weekly Magazine and the Friend of Education Award in 1999. She championed a Substance Abuse Intervention Program with the Virginia Beach Schools, which saves 200 students a year from expulsion. She was elected to the Virginia Beach School Board in 1996, where she rose to Vice Chairman. In 2000, she was elected to Virginia Beach City Council, where she has since been re-elected three more times. She serves on multiple community boards including City Council Liaison for several different entities, Beach Health Clinic, Friends of the Library, and the Gubernatorial Appointment to the Fair Housing Board, 2011-present, to name a few. She is an active member of the United Methodist Church.