Ice T, Coco Austin honor interior designer Vanessa Deleon at 5th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner

Coco Austin and Vanessa Deleon Bournias having a good laughRobert Paul |

Coco Austin and Vanessa Deleon Bournias having a good laugh

It was a night of celebration for female excellence on Thursday as Gold Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce held their 5th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner at Waterside Restaurant and Catering in North Bergen, honoring inspirational women in business. Throughout the night family and friends highlighted the work of three fabulous independent women, including celebrity interior designer Vanessa Deleon Bournias.

The Edgewater resident is the owner of Vanessa Deleon Associates, where she offers her expertise in renovations and re-design for luxury residential homes, commercial venues restaurants and hospitality facilities. Her designs are inspired by her deep-rooted Cuban culture and love for Art Deco.

She has worked with a string of celebrities including fellow Edgewater residents Coco Austin and Ice T, Kinnelon resident Missy Elliott and Saddle River resident Rev Run. Ice T and Coco were there to help honor their friend on her big night.

The other women in the spotlight during the October 20 event included Silvana D. Raso, Managing Partner of Schepisi & McLaughlin, and Niurka ‘Nikki’ Mederos, Director of External Affairs for Hackensack UMC Palisades.

Check out all the fun that took place: