Ebony Magazine Features Areva’s Lifetime Achievement

September 28, 2022

Areva Martin Lifetime achievement Award Ebony

“This past weekend, media personality, advocate and attorney Areva Martin was honored during the 19th annual Salute to Women in Leadership Gala in her hometown of St. Louis. Presented by the Urban League, Martin received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of community outreach and philanthropy through her non-profit organization Special Needs Network (SNN).”

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