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Meet This Year’s Mistress of Ceremonies…

Roxanne Vargas, The Emcee extraordinaire for this year’s “Models of Hope Fashion Show” is not other than Roxanne Vargas, or Roxy, as she is called by her followers and friends.  Roxy, a south Florida native, has been part of the NBC 6 family since 2003, and joined its News team in 2006.  Voted “Best TV Host” by the Miami New Times in 2012, Roxy was named NBC6’s weekend morning news anchor in October, 2017 and continues to host NBC6’s lifestyle and entertainment show, “6 In The Mix” which airs weekdays at 11:30 am. 

Vargas is an EMMY® award winning journalist who has received numerous EMMY® nominations for her reporting and hosting and in 2014, Vargas was inducted into famed fashion designer Donna Karan’s Women Who Inspire Program.  Besides her work reporting the news, Roxy is also a published author, co-writing the book 100 Things to do in Miami Before You Die.  She is passionate about reporting in, and telling the stories about, the community she grew up in.

Meet This Year’s Keynote Speaker…

Novlene Williams-Mills grew up in Jamaica and moved to the United States with a track scholarship. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Recreation Park and Tourism. She then decided to run track professionally, specifically the 400m.  

For years Novlene has worked hard on the track, accomplishing many honors including Bronze Medals in the woman’s 4×400 meter relays in the Athens and Beijing Olympics, four World Championship Silver Medals and a Bronze Medal.

In June 2012, while Novlene was preparing for the 2012 London Olympics, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  A few days later she won the Jamaican National Championship and was on her way to London.  Novlene again won a Bronze Medal in the 4×400 meter relays at the Olympics and three days later she was in surgery removing a lump in her breast. She then had a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery.

In 2013 after her final surgery she again became the Jamaica National Champion in the 400m giving her a total of eight wins. In 2014 she won the Commonwealth Silver Medalist in the 400m and the Gold Medal in the 4×400 meter relay breaking the Commonwealth record. She was named the Diamond League Winner and ranked #1 in the world. At the 2015 World Championship in Beijing she helped Team Jamaica win a Gold Medal in the 4×400 meter relay.  In 2016, Novlene and Team Jamaica won a Silver Medal in the 4×400 meter relay in Rio de Janeiro.

Today, Novlene continues to succeed as a world class athlete, and as an inspiration to breast cancer survivors to find the courage to continue to follow their dreams.


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