FOX13 News has learned that Tina Birchett, publisher of Grace Magazine as well as CEO and Founder of the Sisterhood Summit and Showcase, has passed away.
For the last 18 years, the showcase offered many things for women including beauty, health and the latest in fashion. The Sisterhood Showcase brought in more than 30,000 people to the Mid-South every year.
From meager beginnings to the creator of one of the largest Mid-South events for women, many say Ms. Birchett's passion for women was always unwavering.
"I considered her like a daughter," said Joyce Collins, Grace Magazine editorial director.
When she got word about her passing, Collins stopped breathing.
"When I heard about it last night, I couldn't stop screaming, because I had no idea she was that ill," Collins said.
Collins knew Ms. Birchett had battled breast cancer not once, but twice - and won. Birchett often put on a happy face, even in the middle of chaos.
"She was ailing, but I didn't know she was as sick as she was," Collins said. "But, apparently she was."
The fact that most people didn't know just how sick Ms. Birchett was, was typical Collins said. Her play daughter always looked on the positive side of life.
"She pushed forward, she would she did not give up on anything," Collins said. "She was positive about everything she did."
Collins said Ms. Birchett was passionate about the Bluff city, her magazine, and the Showcase, but also encouraging young people to always aspire to be more.
"We also showcased phenomenal women of accomplishment and achievement to influence and inspire our young people of what our people accomplished," Collins said.
Ms. Birchett's magazine was an extension of the Showcase. For 18 years there was a focus on successful people in business, the community, education, health, fashion, and entertainment.
"There were magazines, there were shows, but they were directed mostly to other people, not women of color," Collins said.
Ms. Birchett knew for people to realize their own worth, beauty, and strength they needed exposure. Through her magazine or showcase women of color saw inspiration and the possibilities of success.
Funeral details are pending.