Two local women are getting the Christmas present of a lifetime, an invitation to a luncheon at the White House.
Beverly Johnson Thomas says she received the invitation as President of the Woman's Auxillary of the Baptist General State Convention of Illinois.
Johnson who is in her second year in the post, says the invite stated she could bring a friend.
She says sorority sister and pal Marcia Bolden was a good choice.
"We both believe in God. We do a lot of religious things together. She's a beautiful person. She's a leader in Peoria. So it was just a win win," Johnson said.
"When Beverly called me I think I was sitting in my office and I need to drop the phone just to catch my breath," she said.
The women will leave Sunday and return next Wednesday.