Popular TV Star, JoMarie Payton to Receive Trailblazer Award at Women of True Grit Awards Gala

Nashville Women in Film & Television has announced that JoMarie Payton, who starred in the popular sitcom, Family Matters, will be honored at the inaugural Women of True Grit Awards.  The Awards Gala will be the highlight of the upcoming Southern Women In Film & Television (SWIFT) Summit to will be held at the Hotel Preston in Nashville,  Tennessee,  March 22-25, 2018.

JoMarie Payton is an accomplished actress and singer, best known for her portrayal of “Harriet Winslow” in the show Perfect Strangers and its spin-off hit, Family Matters. She is being honored for her work as a human rights activist and her commitment to education.  In honor of her mother, she started the Frankie Payton Scholarship Fund at Albany State College, and has created an endowment to award an annual performing arts scholarship via the HAL Awards Scholarship Foundation in Los Angeles.

The Women of True Grit Awards, scheduled for Saturday March 24th at 7pm, honor women who have conquered adversity to achieve success in the world of entertainment. Other honorees include actress, Jennifer O’Neill, Saturday Night Live alumna, Victoria Jackson and Paramount Pictures’ Summer Helene.

“I am thrilled to be honoring so many incredible women at our Awards Banquet,” says Lynda Evjen, President of Nashville Women in Film & Television.  “The entire SWIFT Summit will honor our industry.”
The Summit, a four-day entertainment conference will feature lectures, panel discussions, screenings and one-on-one sessions with industry professionals.


“This event is a great addition for film industry professionals, here in Nashville,” says Lynda Evjen, President of Nashville Women in Film & Television.  “This is a great opportunity to share insights, get new ideas, learn from each other and meet like-minded leaders in our industry.”
Sponsors and supporters include the local CBS affiliate, Newschannel 5, Hollywood Weekly Magazine, APM Music, SAG-AFTRA, The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., Elite Travel, Northwestern Mutual, Watkins College of  Art, Cognitive Dynamics, Hummingbird Productions, Hideout Pictures, The Edie Hand Foundation and the Dubis Group.

Tickets for the Women of True Grit Awards Gala and the entire SWIFT Summit are available at Eventbrite.

For more information on the SWIFT Summit and the Women of True Grit Awards, visit the official website at www.swiftsummit.net.

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