Thursday, October 31, 2013

NY Chapters of The Links, Incorporated Host Annual Galas Honoring Leaders and Supporting Youth

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Elizabeth Wade Mahoney (left) and Renée Simons (right) present Cleo Dixon of Health Plus, Amerigroup with the
Community Leadership Award at the Greater Hudson Valley Chapter of The Links, Incorporated annual gala.

Greater Hudson Valley (NY) Chapter Celebrates Annual “Ladies in Hats” Luncheon & Brooklyn Chapter, The Links Incorporated Celebrates 60th Anniversary Benefiting Salute to Youth, Inc.

NEW YORK – Two chapters of The Links, Incorporated hosted annual galas, honoring community leaders and raising funds for scholarships and local nonprofit organizations. On October 26, 2013, the Greater Hudson Valley (NY) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated celebrated its 9th annual “Ladies in Hats” Luncheon and “Hats Off” Award Presentation. Over 500 elegantly attired guests gathered at the Doubletree by Hilton in Tarrytown, NY to honor Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Ph. D., President of Shaw University and Cleo Dixon of Health Plus, Amerigroup with the Community Leadership Award. A highlight of the luncheon was the Hat Fashion Show featuring exquisite hat designs available for purchase. This popular event helped to fund many community programs targeting families in Dutchess, Rockland, Putnam and Westchester counties.

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Pat Thomas, Linda Zhango Halley, Diane Hardison, Hon. Cheryl E. Chambers, Sandra Grannum, Esq.,
Marcella Maxwell, Ph.D. and Cookie Jean attend the Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Incorporated gala.
(Photo: T. Rasheed)

The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Incorporated celebrated a milestone – its 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance on October 27, 2013 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing, NY benefiting Salute to Youth, Inc. Over 600 guests were welcomed by Link President, Hon. Cheryl E. Chambers followed by an international buffet and dancing by the sounds of the Warren Daniels Band. Serving as anniversary celebration co-chairs were Evelyn Castro C’Arceuil, Ph.D and Clotilde Guinier Stenson. Among the guests attending: Colvin and Sandy Grannum, the honorable Eric Adams, Alvin & Debra Lamb, Honorable Betty J. Williams, Jennifer Jones Austin, Carl & Joyce Turnipseed, Dr. Hobart and Ernestine Price, Dr. Rudolph Crew, John & Lois Bourne, Hon. Annette Robinson, Dawna Michelle Fields, Perry and Jocelyn Rainey, Livingston and Betty Francis, Bernard and Kerry Jackson, Hon. Tish James, Laurie Cumbo, Gregorio & Onida Coward Mayers and Robert and Michelle Cornegy.

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Standing left to right:  Inez Richardson, president, Metro Manhattan Chapter, The Links Incorporated;  Cynthia Rountree, Esq., president, Greater Hudson Valley Chapter, The Links; Hon. Cheryl Chambers, president, Brooklyn Chapter, The Links; and Brenda Jackson Butcher, immediate past president, Westchester Chapter, The Links; Seated left to right:  Gerri Warren Merrick, president, Greater NY Chapter, The Links; Pat Thomas, president, Greater Queens Chapter, The Links; and Barbara Edwards, former president, Westchester Chapter, The Links

About The Links, Incorporated

Established in 1946, The Links, Incorporated, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who, linked in friendship, are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African-Americans and persons of African descent. The Links, Incorporated is a not-for-profit organization, which consists of nearly 12,000 professional women of color in 272 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Bahamas.  Visit the website for their latest news.

Story and photography by Margot Jordan, international photojournalist, 646.226.6652

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