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At The Tables' 5th Annual Women's Empowerment Benefit  & Fashion Showcase
Sunday, September 24, 2023

At The Table's 5th Annual Women's Empowerment Benefit -  "Walking Forward Fashion Showcase" - Celebrating Women Surviving Any Type of Cancer! 


When: Sunday, September 24, 2023 | Doors Open at 3 PM

Where: Berwick Manor Banquet Center, 3250 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232


Cost: $65 General Admission | $45 Children (Ages 4-11) |

Free: Children (Ages 3 and under)

Deadline to purchase tickets: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2023 @11:59 PM



ATT'S Market Place Experience with Resource & Retail Vendors 

The 2023 Deniece Pittman Scholarship Award

The 2023 Community Excellence Award

If your business would like a Sponsor Table, please email at

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3:00 PM

Doors open - ATT Market Place Experience with Resource & Retail Vendors, Photo Booth


4:30 PM

Dinner Buffett 

5:00 PM

Program Welcome 

5:30 PM

Showtime! Walking Forward Fashion Showcase


6:30 - 7:30 PM

Vendors & Line Dancing

Vendor and Advertisement Opportunities are Available!


Space Is Limited!


Download the Vendor Registration Packet Here: 

2023 Designers



Dkesha Bell | Tina Blackwell | Angela Cardona | Jennifer Chandler | Robin Clemmons  

Tonisha Elder | Latina Featherstone | Karen Gore-Kirkland | Barbara Harper | Tatum Hewitt

Jacqueline A. Johnson | Cathy Jordan Diggs | Tonya Kelly | Wanda Landcaster | Teresa Phillips

Deniece Pittman Crystal Robinson | Lauri Tucker

Program Emcee

Maria Durant

Maria Durant, a former anchor and news personality at ABC6/FOX28, where she served for 26 years, has been appointed the new Director of Public Information at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.  Maria is a six-time Award-winning journalist. In addition, she has received numerous Associated Press Awards.


A graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Broadcast journalism and Political Science, little did Maria know she would someday become a news story herself.  In October 2006 Maria was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  Instead of hiding her diagnosis, Maria decided to share her story in hopes of helping others.


Maria is involved with several cancer organizations, and as a Filipino, she especially wants young Asian American Women to know that getting diagnosed with cancer can happen to them but that early detection is critical. 


Maria is also involved with many other community organizations such as the Asian Festival, The Columbus International Program, The National Kidney Foundation, and At The Table. 


Maria is married.  The couple has a son named Donovan. He is a student at Boston College.

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Samara D. Tillman  is Evolving Live Into Total Excellence - ELITE

Samara Tillman is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dance E.L.I.T.E. Performance Academy better known as DEPA.  She has over 35 years in dance, education and fashion. Although dance was always a passion of hers, she never thought she would be teaching, directing and choreographing dancers for a living.

Before venturing into dance, Samara explored the worlds of fashion and education.

Samara began her career  as a fashion designer, owned and operated her own fashion boutique, E.L.I.T.E. Studios for nearly a decade; with the goal of empowering, teaching and training professional working women self-love through beauty and fashion. She has been featured on NBC Channel 4 where she served as the fashion expert for its monthly makeovers. Her designs have been spotlighted on BET and the Daytime Emmys Red Carpet. It was while working with older women, that Samara saw the need to teach young girls about the benefits of self-care.

Samara transitioned into the world of education and founded a non-profit.

While pursuing her Masters in Educational Leadership. Samara founded the non-profit Young E.L.I.T.E International, an empowerment and leadership program for young girls ages 5 to 18. This program focuses on developing the participant’s self-esteem as well as helping them define

and embrace their individual personality and gifts, and ultimately giving them the confidence needed to achieve all their goals and dreams. During this time, Mrs. Tillman became a school administrator, implementing  the Young E.L.I.T.E. International program and an after school dance program.  From this endeavor, Dance E.L.I.T.E. Performance Academy (DEPA) was born.

Samara has been a lover of dance since the age of 5. Her passion for the discipline and art of dance is what helps create a nurturing environment conducive for endless learning.

Dance E.L.I.T.E Performance Academy has become a staple in the dance community known for its emphasis on EXCELLENCE! DEPA offers both competitive and recreational dance programs for boys and girls ages 3 to 18,  with an emphasis on Hip Hop, Liturgical and foundational skills in Ballet.  DEPA is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and 11th competition season - Evolving Lives Into Total Excellence.

Samara strongly believes that life is what we make of it. Each day is a gift from God; therefore, we must live each day with purpose like it’s our last; going to sleep each night knowing that we have made a difference in someone else’s life.

Family Life

Samara was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where she resides with her loving supportive husband of 16 years and their two adorable children.

Samara D. Tillman is Evolving Live Into Total Excellence - ELITE

Affiliations, Credentials, Awards & Performance History

Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated

The Congressional Black Caucus – A Day of Healing Prayer Breakfast – September 2022 –Washington, DC

National MLK Breakfast 2019 – Columbus, OH

MLK Open House 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 – Columbus, OH

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Founders Day Luncheon 2018,2020 v- Columbus, OH

GCAC Awards 2019 – Columbus, OH

Lifestyle Expo 2019 – Columbus, OH

Role Model Magazine Launch Events 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019 – Columbus, OH

New Covenant Believers Church Easter Celebration 2017, 2018 – Columbus, OH

Empowered for Success Magazine Launch 2015 – Columbus, OH

Over 70 National Dance Competitions – Nationwide

Starbound National Dance Competition National Champion 2018 – Orlando, Florida Columbus Dance Studio of the Year 2019 – Columbus, OH

The Grace Awards – Studio of the Year 2022 – Columbus, OH

DanceWerks London Performance – June 2022 – London, England


The 2023 Deniece Pittman Scholarship Award Recipient  

Arianna Elease Eriene Settles



Dylan Burk - Saxophonist 

18 Year Old Sax-Sation


**REFUND POLICY** No refunds will be issued for this charity event.


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