CaribPR Wire, New York, NY, Thurs. May 11, 2011: National Best selling authors Dawn Marie Daniels and Candace Sandy honored Super Wings NY founder Colette Burnett, and Television Personality and Author Star Jones during the “Dare to Follow Your Dreams,” a Salute to Women of Courage based upon the book Tears To Triumph: Women Learn to Live, Love and Thrive (Souls of My Sisters Books/Kensington Publishing Corp.) at Renaissance Times Square Hotel, in New York City. The event was held in partnership with Terrence Daniels, Ameriprise Financial; She’s Got Papers Custom Stationery, Cheap Chat Pre Paid Calling Cards and ETS Air Shuttle and Transportation.
Recession aside, executive women and entrepreneurs are thriving and it’s because they call on their band of sisters for help. Star Jones, Television Personality and Author of Satan Sisters: A Novel Work of Fiction (Gallery) gave a moving speech sharing with her fellow honorees overcoming open heart surgery and the many adversities and triumphs in her life and stated, “You never know the role that your fellow sister can play in your life and their will come a time that all you can do is turn to one another for support.” The singing group ACE performed a special arrangement and tribute of Helen Reddys’ I am Woman Hear Me Roar.
Colette who grew up in Chase Village, Trinidad, W.I. before moving to the United States was saluted because of her courage in the face of adversity, and her drive to constantly provide support to fellow entrepreneurs. After a decade of being a business banker and community leader, Colette Burnett opened Super Wings in Crown Heights just 20 months ago and enjoys New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg; Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz and Food Network Bobby Flay amongst her biggest fans. Her Union Street eatery located in Brooklyn, NY serves 10 kinds of wings, including Pineapple Jerk, Ginger Buff, and Island BBQ. “When I first shared the idea with my colleagues so many people expressed their dismay and felt I was throwing away my career and even said I was wasting my time,” stated Burnett. Colette continues, “I persevered, because an estimated 90 million pounds of chicken wings are sold in the United States during Super Bowl Sunday alone, and I knew if I infused the various flavors I grew up with, the restaurant would be would be a success,”
Co-Author Candace Sandy who was born and raised in Carapichaima, Trinidad W.I. and Dawn Marie Daniels whose family ancestry is from Antigua and Barbados, wrote Tears to Triumph to share a new framework that will help women move beyond just surviving to thriving and, most importantly, it shows women how to use their own adversities as a blueprint for future success. Souls of My Sisters also recently launched a Tears To Triumph Blogtalk radio show giving women entrepreneurs 24 hour access to advice and support from top women business owners. “I am delighted to have received the Tears To Triumph Woman of Courage Award, with the help of my mother, fiancée and an even wider support system of friends I was able to move the fear aside and step out of faith,” stated Colette.
Later this year Colette will open up a new restaurant in Chaguanas, Trinidad, W.I. and release her new e-cookbook entitled Super Wings E-Cook Book:Transforming Your Cooking Experience. Superwings is located at 1218 Union St., Crown Heights, Brooklyn; (718) 467-8737; www.MySuperWings.com. For more information on Tears To Triumph Woman of Courage Awards log on to facebook.com/soulsofmysisters or listen to the Tears To Triumph Radio Show hosted by Sky LaRose www.blogtalkradio.com/tears-to-triumph.
PHOTO CAPTION: Left to Right: Candace Sandy Co-author of Tears To Triumph, Colette Burnett (Super Wings NY), and fellow honorees, Star Jones, Iasha Rivers (Macy’s) and Rachel Braun Scherl, President, Semprae Laboratories Inc. (Zestra) (Photo Credit: Rowena Husbands Blink of an Eye Photography)