Centennial Anniversary Celebration!

Honoring our 2020 Dangerous Dames of Dayton

Jill Kingston, Judge Alice O. McCollum, Mayor Nan Whaley
and Jo Columbro (posthumously)

Saturday, 7 March 2020
Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton
5:45 pm: Registration, 6:30 pm: Dinner
Cash Bar, Silent Auction


Keynote Speaker: Susan Page

Bureau Chief for USA Today, political contributor for CNN and MSNBC, past president of the White House Correspondents Association, and currently touring the country with her latest book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty.

Our 2020 Dangerous Dames of Dayton

Jo Columbro (posthumously): Jo was a long-time member of the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton area and served as our president from 2011-2013. She was a loving woman who quietly shared her zest for all things environmental and her knowledge of information technology with us. After a courageous struggle with cancer, Jo died on November 16, 2014. Jo’s generous legacy ensures our League will be serving the Greater Dayton Area into the next century.

Jill Kingston: As a result of her experiences fostering drug-dependent newborn babies, as well as her desire to support these babies’ biological parents in their own recovery, Jill founded Brigid’s Path in 2014, an in-house healing residence for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). At Brigid’s Path NAS, each baby receives one-to-one adult care for a rapid dose of cuddles and love, 24/7. There is only one other place in the country that specifically treats NAS babies.

Judge Alice McCollum: Judge McCollum is the first woman to serve on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Probate Division, first elected in 2002, then re-elected in 2008 and 2014. Prior to sitting on the bench in the Probate Division, she was the first and only woman elected to the Dayton Municipal Court bench. Judge McCollum served the Dayton Municipal Court for 24 years. She received her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Mathematics.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (in absentia): The city of Dayton had a difficult year in 2019: An unprecedented and potentially unpredictable Ku Klux Klan rally in May; devastating tornadoes that leveled parts of the greater Dayton area over Memorial Day weekend; a horrific mass shooting in the Oregon District in August; and then, in November, the shocking killing of one of Dayton’s most well-loved police officers, Detective Jorge Del Rio. Mayor Nan Whaley courageously and professionally led the city through each of these extraordinary events. She was a beacon of strength and hope that resounded throughout the city and beyond.

Honor YOUR Dangerous Dames in our Event Program.

We must receive your words of tribute (50 word limit) and your check for $25 for each tribute by 21 February 2020. Make your check out to LWV Education Fund. If you include your tributes with your reservation, please note “tribute” in the check memo line. For more information call the League Office at 937-228-4041.