Princess Anne Alumnae Celebrates Black Girl Magic and Power of the Purse

Submitted By Tanya Adams-Justice, Economic Development Chair

On April 16, 2023, Princess Anne Alumnae Chapter hosted its 4th annual Sisters on the Shore.  This year’s  event took place at black-owned Squeaky’s at The Washington Tavern. The gatherings offers a local community and business based-networking circle for women on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Sisters on the Shore also allows women to celebrate and encourage each other as women on the move. This year, the chapter incorporated the Eastern Region’s Power of the Purse theme by supporting Black women entrepreneurs on the Eastern Shore. 

To encourage sisterhood and networking, the attendees participated in ice breakers, exchanged business cards, and spoke about their business and community impact all while dining on delicious food. Additionally, there was a business card raffle where winners received giveaways from Black women-owned businesses on the Shore. The program ended with a Power of the Purse presentation by “Chef ” Ed and Orlena Wilkes, owners of Squeaky’s at The Washington Tavern.  The venue was a perfect location to host the event. Squeaky’s at the Washington Tavern is located in the heart of Princess Anne, Maryland and its owners made history by being the first Black-owned business to receive a liquor license in Somerset County. Participants invested more than $2,000 into this local business by purchasing food and beverages throughout the network event.

Sisters On the Shore originated in 2018 as a collaboration between the Fundraising and Economic Development committees. Now in its fourth year, the “Sisters on the Shore” platform is a group of women with various backgrounds, where titles, position, organizational symbols and colors are not needed. The purpose of the day is encourage women to work together to remove all barriers that interfere with their ability to support and uplift each other.

Princess Anne Alumnae Chapter is proud of this event that empowers women of the community as “Sisters on the Shore.

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