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Multiple events celebrate Women in Peekskill

Women in Business, a poetry Slam, and Peekskill women of past and present all featured this weekend


March 23, 2024

Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce – Celebrating Women in Business 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, and as a tribute to all of the proud, strong women in business, the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Women in Business celebration. The event will be held on March 23rd at Peekskill’s Dramatic Hall, located at 900 Main St. Peekskill, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The Celebrating Women in Business event will include a light lunch, cash bar, vendors who will share products and services focusing on women. The Chamber of Commerce will also be holding a discussion panel of prominent, local women in business: for women by women. 


The panel discussion will be moderated and hosted by Jane Applegate, co-founder of the Remarkable Women Project Inc. and co-founder of Jane is also a well-known reporter, columnist, author, educator, film and TV producer. Guest Panelists include: Violeta Shala-Guerrero, Business Relationship Manager at M&T Bank, Auzerais Bellamy owner and founder of Blondery , Kecia Palmer-Cousins is the CEO and Founder of  Aero-Ba-Soul, a Peekskill based Certified Business Management Consulting, Professional Development Training and Life Coach Services company, Stacey Tompkins, President of Tompkins Excavating located in Lake Peekskill, Marion Henson of Westchester based Bloom Healthy, Chereese Jervis-Hill CEO & Founder of Events To Remember + PR To Remember, Sunny Cover owner of The Peekskill Coffee House with 20 years in business in Peekskill as recently featured in the Peekskill Herald, Chloe Wareham-Gordon Founder of DigitalDancer Social Media & Influencer Management a Peekskill based company.  This event is sponsored by the Peekskill Business Improvement District, M&T Bank, and the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce.

To register for the event, have a table, become a sponsor or find out the cost, visit the Hudson Valley Chamber of Commerce – Celebrating Women in Business webpage.

March 24, 2024

Sisters in Support Poetry Slam at the BeanRuner Cafe

On Sunday, March 24th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Sisters in Support will host the first Poetry Slam Fundraiser in honor of Women’s History Month at the BeanRunner Cafe located at 201 South Division Street in Peekskill. Tickets are $10 at the door and all are welcome to attend. Proceeds from the event will go towards scholarships for selected Peekskill High School seniors. There will be lots of spoken word by poets and spoken word artists. If you would like to recite a poem or recite an original work, contact [email protected]. There will be a $100 giveaway to the poet who has the best work chosen by crowd meter applause.  


Sisters in Support is a Peekskill based nonprofit group that aids minority women & families here in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. The organization provides environments, opportunities, and/or publications sharing information and education about parenting, healthcare, career development, budgeting, housekeeping, housing, human development, childcare, and the like.

For the past 20+ years, Sisters in Support has also sponsored the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Tour in Peekskill. Peekskill has a long and storied history of the Underground Railroad and has many historic sites. In December, as highlighted in the Peekskill Herald, Sisters in Support hosted their 9th annual Kwanzaa Ball at the Peekskill Central Firehouse where the group gave away scholarships to Peekskill High School seniors, and gave the 2023 Champion of the People award to Westchester County Legislator Colin Smith and Entrepreneur and CEO of Aero-Ba-Soul and COO of G&K Sweet Foods, Kecia Palmer-Cousins. They also gave the 2023 Rising Star Award to Micah Benson, an artist, speaker, and minister at Mt Olivet Baptist Church. For more information about Sisters in Support, visit


The Peekskill Museum presents: The lives and contributions of six Peekskill women, past and present

On Sunday March 24, at 3:00 pm, The Peekskill Museum, located at 124 Union Avenue, will host a Women’s History Month event highlighting the lives and contributions of six Peekskill women, past and present. 

The event, hosted by Diane Webster, will highlight three prominent and notable local women from Peekskill’s past portrayed by Stella Johnson, Anita Salvate and Kathie Talbot. The second half of the program will focus on the commitment and contributions of current Peekskill women—Regina Clarkin, Anita Creem and Sally Bentley, to the community where they were born and raised.

The Peekskill Museum welcomes audience participation in a lively Q&A of these dynamic, home-grown denizens, and a reception with refreshments will follow. There will be a special door prize for one lucky lady. This event is free for Museum Members and $10 for non-members. All proceeds go to support the Museum, a non-profit 501c3 organization.

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About the Contributor
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]