Monday, March 24, 2008

Greater NY Chapter of The Links 59th Annual Easter Luncheon & Fashion Show

Table setting at show included raffle prizes of a floral centerpiece & two books

Dr. Marcella Maxwell with another member of the Greater New York Links Chapter

A Links member poses with Links Eastern Area Director Bishetta Merritt (center) and Linda Zango-Haley Links Co-Director of International Trends & Services (right)

Eastern Area Vice Director Diane Smith Hardison poses with Raritan County, NJ Chapter
Vice President Alice Chapman-Minutello

Susan Taylor signs copies of her book for luncheon attendees

Philadelphia Links Chapter members Patricia Coulter, Roz McPherson, & Alexia Hudson

Penn Towne, PA Chapter Past President Scheryl Glanton

Socialite Hat Designer Lawrence Levens

Some of Lawrence's fabulous crowns

Two of my Sorors-Sister Links in their fabulous hats pose with a luncheon attendee

Luncheon attendees smile for the camera in their fab outfits in celebration of Spring

Luncheon attendee whose hat I threatened to steal

Another fab crown wore very well by this Sista

A beautiful cream colored crown wore with pearls and a cream silk suit that looked incredible

Smiling for the cameras while visiting vendors prior to the luncheon

The Greater New York Chapter of The Links hosted their 59th Annual event last Saturday to a packed room of more than 1,000 guests from as far away as Pittsburgh and Southern Virginia. It is one of the must attend events on the calendar for most prominent socialites, politicians, authors, clergy, and professionals.

I would run out of space if I tried to name them all.

It was great seeing so many Links, Connecting Links (husbands), Heir o'Links (children) and guests dressed in some of the finest outfits and hats around.
And, this show is allllllll about the hats...
The vibe was very friendly as people mixed and mingled before being seated. I had a champagne toast with Alice Chapman-Minutello and others in honor of my birthday. Society Writer Grand Dame Audrey Bernard and I were seated at the same table. We had a great conversation and it was wonderful to meet her in person after admiring her work for so many years.

Dr. M. Elaine McCollins Flake, Co-Pastor of The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York provided a wonderful invocation to place us in the right spirit prior to the meal service. She is also one of the speakers for the AKA Centennial Celebration in July.

Congratulations to Greater New York Chapter of The Links President Minta Spain, Luncheon Chairperson Gerri Warren-Merrick, Luncheon Co-Chairs Sydney Avent and Evette Beckett-Tuggle, all chapter officers, and members for a job well done.

I particularly appreciated how we were constantly reminded that the dollars we spent on the event will be infused into a series of scholarships and community service programs managed by the chapter.

This year, Susan Taylor (Editor Emerita of Essence Magazine and Founder of the National Cares Mentoring Movement) and Joyce Roche (President/CEO of Girls, Incorporated) were honored for their work with our youth. The two honorees are also good friends who complemented each other in their acceptance speeches.

Dr. Marcella Maxwell was awarded the chapter's Community Service Award. She is so connected that she sold 15 tables (150 tickets) to her network of associates, friends, and family. That's incredible by any standard!
By the end of the afternoon, we found ourselves excited, exhausted, and celebratory all at the same time.
It was a wonderful event and a good time had by all!