The Bucks County (PA) Chapter of The Links, Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary, hosting an elegant “Midnight Magic Masquerade Ball.” The “Touch of Gold Gala,” attended by approximately 350 beautiful people, was held at the Spring Mill Manor on Oct. 29. As guests entered the manor’s foyer they were warmly greeted by chapter members and served champagne or a sparking beverage.
Following a silent auction and lovely cocktail reception, the ballroom doors opened with live entertainment by Cedric and Friends and dancing. Member Kathleen Whyte introduced mistress of ceremonies and popular WDAS-FM Radio personality Patty Jackson. The Rev. Dr. Robert Hamlin offered the invocation followed by welcoming remarks by Tanya Longino, current chapter president who was introduced by the melodious “Miss Patty” Jackson.
Longino aptly referred to the evening as “magical” and said, “Our chartering members were visionaries, whose mission we carry today; celebrating, empowering and transforming the lives of our youth.” Longino graciously thanked supporters and recognized dignitaries “Out & About” to support the event following. Dr. Glenda Newell-Harris, national president of The Links, Inc.; Natalie Fant, The Links, Inc. Eastern Area director; Shuana Tucker-Sims, The Links, Inc. Eastern Area vice director; the Rev. Dr. Robert Hamlin, Pastor, 2nd Baptist Church of Doylestown; Judge Clyde W. Waite, Senior Judge of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas; Judge Sharon Williams Losier, Philadelphia Municipal Court; and Kimberly Lloyd, Lincoln University board president. All presidents in attendance and members of other chapters of The Links, Inc. were also acknowledged before everyone enjoyed a sumptuous four-course dinner.
The quartet of amazing 2016 gala co-chairs chairs are all active members who have served as past chapter presidents. Rose H. Miller (10th), Linda Bodley (13th), Clarice Taylor (15th) and Deborah Camp-Frye (16th immediate past president) coordinated a meticulously wonderful evening. All past presidents participated in a special presidents’ champagne toast with president Longino.
According to a statement from the co-chairs, the gala was held “to celebrate 50 years of service to our local and international communities with emphasis on education and economic progress leaves a tremendous legacy for future Links to realize the significance of working together in friendship and service. Members of our chapter were extremely proud this year to take pause to reflect upon five decades of achievement which has empowered us to forge forward with an expanded vision to enhance our philanthropic efforts as we “transform lives near and far.”
Special facet (committee) award presentations were presented to five distinguished recipients for achievement in their respective areas supported by the organization. These awards were presented to Brittney Gordon by services to youth chair Connie White; Priscilla Jackson by national trends and services chair Tonya Hallett; first Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens by health and human services chair Dr. Karen Williams; Ellyn Jo Waller by international trends and services chair Tonya Jones; and Sonia Sanchez by arts chair Tracie Mattison.
Bucks County Links scholarship representative Amaya Christie, who majors in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, made inspiring remarks and thanked the chapter for their love as well as their financial support.
Cadillac representatives Tonya Hallet and William Durham enhanced the excitement and fundraising goals of the evening with a raffle for a two-year lease for a fabulous luxury car.
Congratulations to all members of the Bucks County (PA) Chapter of The Links, Inc., outstanding award recipients, supporters and all involved with this milestone celebration of friendship and service to our community and beyond.
Have a fantastic week “Out & About” everyone!