Victoria Rowell visits ABC7

April 11, 2011 9:35:24 AM PDT
Victoria Rowell is probably best known for her years playing the feisty Drucilla Winters on the soap opera, The Young and the Restless. Rowell is also an advocate, mother, and former foster child and now best-selling author. Her memoir, "The Women Who Raised Me" is a tribute not only to the women who cared for Rowell when her birth mother could not, but also to the foster care system that brought them into her life.

Sunday's event featured "Our Stories," an awards ceremony featuring the stories of Victoria Rowell (Actress, Advocate & Author), Rueben Cannon (Film & Casting Director), Saul Himelstein (President & CEO), and Inez Medor (Retired Bookkeeper), along with presenting the Founding Chair's award to Renee Glover, Esq. (Atlanta Housing Authority President and CEO) and the Keeper of the Vision award to Nora Moreno Cargie (The Boeing Company Director of Global Citizenship, currently on loan as Chief of Staff to the Chicago Public Schools). The awardees will be honored in a room full of family members, friends and other invited guests. The mistress of ceremony for the Afternoon is Actress and Author, Bern Nadette Stanis, who serves as the national spokesperson for the Museum.

The National Public Housing Museum is the first cultural institution dedicated to interpreting the American experience in public housing and illuminating the resilience of poor and working class families of every race and ethnicity. The Museum is slated to open in 2012 and will be located in the last remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes, a 1937 WPA building that was home to hundreds of public housing families until 2002.