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June 6, 2013

Heritage gala set for June 15

MT. VERNON — A senior human resource generalist from St. Louis will be the featured speaker at the 15th annual Jefferson County African-American Heritage Committee annual gala.

The event will be held 6 p.m. June 15 at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.

Tina Moss, employed by Express Scripts, Inc., will be the featured speaker. The Hazelwood, Mo., resident is the daughter of Brenda and Elbert Cain and Charles Brannon of Mt. Vernon and the granddaughter of the late Mable Grace Young.

Moss received her post secondary education at SIU-Carbondale, starting with a bachelor's degree in speech communication and business administration before finishing with a master's degree in speech communication in May 2000. She has spent her entire career in every realm of human resources in institutions of higher education, the service industry, information technology and healthcare.

In addition to being a certified human resource professional, she is active at her church in Berkley, Mo. She serves as the vice chairwoman of the Trustee Ministry, and as the Church Human Resource professional, as well as other ministries.

In addition to the keynote address, the Committee will present Heritage Awards to Kenneth E. Warden, Oscar Brown, Julian Burns Sr. and Tineka Doggan.

Warden, 90, of Mt. Vernon, grew up singing with his brother and sisters in a group known as the Warden Quartet. They sang at state fairs, churches, prisons and many all-white social events. In 1944 he met and married Florence C. Warden and in 1952 moved to Decatur. He had begun his self-employment two years prior and needed a larger city to expand his business interests. He was nicknamed "Shorty." In the years to follow he owned Shorty's Barbecue, Shorty's Auto Parts, Shorty's Diner, Shorty's Furniture, other automotive businesses, and a construction and demolition company. He has owned and operated his own businesses since the age of 19.

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