Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

This week's flicks features attendees at the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of The Links, Incorporated ninth biannual fundraising soiree recently held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
Inez N. Richardson, chapter president also served as Gala Honorary Chair. More than 600 guests came dressed to the proverbial nines for the elegant afternoon affair.

Karen and Darryl Towns, Dr. Joan Adams, Peter Adams, & Hazel Dukes

Hope Knight, Carla Harris, & Charlene Jackson

Candice Cook, Len Burnett, & Cheryl Joyner

Alma Rangel & Rep. Charles Rangel

Brenda Blackmon

 Robin Alston, Nissa Booker, Kim Caoxum, Danyale Price

Monica Azare

LaShann Dearcy Hall, Inez Richardson, & Kimberly Davis

Kim Jasmin (left) accepting the award on behalf of JP Morgan Chase

Valerie Lancaster Beal (left), Inez Richardson, Anna Maria Bishop, Martha Cameron and Hazel Dukes

Michelle Patterson, former New York State First Lady

Caroline Taylor Ellerson with LaShann DeArcey Hall and Monica Azare Davenport

Keisha Sutton-James and guest

The event's proceeds will support the chapter’s community based programs and initiatives to prepare students for college-readiness, reduce health disparities, advance arts education and build leadership in the Greater Harlem community. Some distinguished guests in attendance included: Rep. Charles Rangel; Rev. Al Sharpton, activist and MSNBC contributor; Darryl C. Towns, CEO, NYS Homes and Community Renewal; Rosalyn Brock, NAACP Chairman of the Board; Earl Graves, Sr., founder and publisher of Black Enterprise magazine; George Faison, Tony Award winning choreographer and former Alvin Ailey dancer; Kathleen Battle, opera singer; Brenda Blackmon, anchor of WWOR-TV; Barbara Smith, restaurateur and lifestyle expert; b Michael, fashion designer; and Rev. Franklyn Richardson, Sr. Pastor, Grace Baptist Church; H. Carl McCall, former NY State Comptroller; Bill Thompson, former NYC Comptroller, Michelle Paterson, former First Lady of New York; Arva Rice, president, NY Urban League, and Len Burnett, Co-CEO, Group Publisher at Uptown Media Group.

LaShann DeArcy Hall served as the Gala Dinner Chair. The Honorary Committee were Monica Azare Davenport, Kimberly Davis, Hazel N. Dukes, Caroline Taylor Ellerson, Toni Fay, Carla Harris, Brenda Neal, Chrystie B. Price and Danyale Price. 

Congratulations to my Sister Links of the Metro-Manhattan Chapter on a successful event!

Friday, December 14, 2012

I Just Can't Today

I'm going to defer Friday's Fabulous Flicks until next week good people.

I just can't do it today...

The news of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut has my brain in shut down mode. This is after two shootings of young Black males under the guise of "stand your ground" laws, the Sandusky child rape scandal that rocked Penn State, and scores of other innocent children being harmed ---- it's just simply too much to bear for me.

I just want to crawl under the covers and cry.  

Honest to God, it feels like we've been ending the year on a really crazy "note" for several years now. 
Am I the only one that feels that way?!

Whether you have children or serve as a mentor, give a child an extra tight hug today.

We'll get back to our regular chattery next week. 

May God bless and keep us until then. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features Jonelle Procope with super designer Diane von Furstenberg attending "The Cosmo 100 - New York’s 100 Most Influential Women" luncheon in New York City recently. 

Proceeds from the event will aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Step One is Showing Up

The number one question I receive is "how can I become a Socialite/raise my social profile?"

Until recently, many people thought this question was superficial. But with the rise of reality television coupled with a difficult economy, many more people have learned that elevating one's social profile can have positive financial benefits - if managed appropriately.

Well good people, there's no magic in step one - showing up. In showing up, you open yourself up for opportunities to come your way. It's important to be seen and network outside of your "9-5."

I'm going to resurrect some of my previous posts about strategic social, face to face networking. I'll also chat a little more about showing up real soon.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features the Pittsburgh Chapter of The Girlfriends, Inc. celebrating their 60th anniversary at the LeMott Restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA on October 27th. More than 200 attendees danced the night away at the gala affair that served as a fundraiser for the chapter's charitable endeavors.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Support Small Businesses

I hope that you took time today to support a small business. Yesterday, I got "the werks" (as I refer to it) at my hair salon. Today, I had a wonderful lunch at the Trolley Car Cafe in Philadelphia with a friend. It was nice to see the place super packed.

Even if you can't spend money today, try to send some business along or shop at small businesses during the holiday season!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Friday's Fabulous Flick will return next week!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Relaxing Today

I really miss St. John USVI and I think of some of my favorite tropical locations when I'm trying to relax.

Many of you know I keep a super full schedule professionally and personally. But there are days like this (when it hits me how much I'm ripping and running) that I reflect on the need for down time.

I hope that you spend some time in relax mode as you are preparing to engage in all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

There's only one you - so take time to make you a priority!

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Philadelphia Chapter of The Continental Societies, Inc. Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Last Saturday, I attended the Philadelphia Chapter of The Continental Societies, Inc. Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, PA. My hostess was Louise Moss Fortune (one of my Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorors), a prominent member of the organization whom has served at the local, regional, and national level.

 The chapter was founded in 1952 and supports endeavors that uplift the community's children. Many of the chapter members were decked out in their organizational red and white for the event. The ladies worked hard to ensure a wonderful event for all attendees.

I was super pleased to see Mr. William "Bill" Tucker (widow of the late C. Dolores Tucker pictured below with a member of the Continental Societies) seated at Miss Louise's table. He's always dapper and full of great conversation.

The fashion show was coordinated by Aaron Pender who assembled an interesting array of outfits. The commentator (pictured below) was great but I didn't catch her name due the jubilant chatter of the crowd of more than 300 attendees.

The luncheon meal selection was tasty - a salmon filet with capers and a tender breast of chicken with a light sauce. But the laughter and dialogue among friends was even more enjoyable. 

I was also seated next to Philadelphia broadcasting pioneer (and one of my Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorors) Eleanor Jean Hendley (left with a member of the Philadelphia Continental Societies).

I was running late due to crazy traffic in Philadelphia. Unfortunately I didn't snap as many photos as I had planned. Plus the lighting in the club was super dim so many of my photos came out dark.

Sidenote:  I will work on my photos issue good people for 2013 so you can enjoy better pictures!

I try to keep it positive here - but sometimes I have to make not so nice comments.

I was disappointed by the Springfield Country Club for this event. I've been there multiple times in the past and everything was high quality. For this event, the service was kinda sub par and rushed (largely because the club's special events office booked successive multiple events back to back including a large wedding reception and a funeral/memorial service!)

I know this venue does well with hosting a variety of events. So I hope that this slippage in service was a one time challenge that will not be repeated again.


The Keystone Cluster of The Links, Incorporated Founders Day Celebration

My last few weekends have been consumed with activities - which isn't completely suprising since "tis the season!"

And, I lost my camera bag with my USB cord :-(

So once again, I'm sharing a few photos from my phone. 

On Sunday November 11th, I attended the Keystone Cluster of The Links, Incorporated Founders Day Celebration in King of Prussia, PA. I believe there were approximately 200 Links in attendance. The Keystone Cluster consists of nine Links, Incorporated chapters in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Links, Incorporated was founded on November 9, 1946 in Philadelphia by Margaret Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott.
This year's event was hosted by the Penn Towne Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (each chapter takes a turn at hosting the event). Penn Towne Chapter President Thelma Henderson along with Joye Hamer presided over the activities. Monique Braxton (a NBC 10 news reporter and member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of The Links, Incorporated served as Mistress of Ceremonies). There was also a Keystone Cluster Choir who delighted attendees with several songs.

Dianne Hardison (pictured below), Eastern Area Director of The Links, Incorporated also attended the event and noted that she has not missed one of the Keystone Cluster's Founders Day events. She thanked Velma Goode (Philadelphia Chapter Alumnae Member) for inviting her to the first event by this group held in 2007.

Sherilynn Johnson-Kimble (President of The Philadelphia Chapter of The Links, Incorporated - pictured right with Leah Sheppard and Gabrielle Ingram) conceived the idea of this "cluster" of Links chapters hosting one Founders Day event together (versus individual chapter based celebrations) several years ago. She was in attendance and represented the Founding Chapter in the ceremony.

Presidents and/or representatives from the Delaware County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Harrisburg, PA; Bucks County, PA; Wilmington, DE; and Dover, DE were also in attendance. There was also a nice recognition of Alumnae members who were showered with white roses and hugs for their many years of devoted service to The Links, Incorporated.

It was nice seeing so many Sister Links in their fabulous white attire for what was a great afternoon. Of special note was seeing 90+ year old  Anne Garrett Marquis (pictured in front) enjoying the fellowship. 

Marion Tasco (member of Philadelphia City Council & the Delaware Valley Chapter of The Links, Incorporated) read a City of Philadelphia Citation honoring the Links Founders Day.

I wasn't able to snap a photo of the Wilmington, DE Chapter of The Links, Incorporated representative who presented a flag that flew over the state's capital in honor of the Links Founders Day.

Next year's event will be hosted by the Harrisburg, PA Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week’s flick features Mario and Simone Rinaldi attending a gala hosted by the American Friends of Bl√©rancourt. Mr Rinaldi is the exclusive United States Brand Ambassador for Paul Goerg Champagne, which was featured at the event.