Past presidents Kathy Eggleston, Linda Houston Jones; current president Earlene Striggles Horne, Speaker Mayor of Baltimore Rawlings Blake and organizers; Dorothy L. Ruffin and Margaret Roseburr.
Submitted by JoeAnn Fletcher
Recently, the North Broward County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (NBC) hosted more than 400 supporters, family and friends at their annual fundraiser and 20th Anniversary Luncheon.
The event, held at the Diplomat Golf and Tennis Club in Hallandale Beach, Fla., recognized the chapter organizers, Margaret Roseburr and Dorothy Ruffin, as well as the remaining charter members who are still active: Bernice Bailey, Phyllis Berry, Frances Blue, Lynda Jackson Browne, Mildred Bryant, Frederica Dixon, Marina Hagan, Linda Houston Jones, Jacqueline Myles, Gloria Smith, Myrielle Smith, Doris Pettiford (Pattie) Wesley and Emma Winston. Roseburr and Ruffin accepted a Key to the State of Florida from State Senator Chris Smith on behalf of their fellow charter members for the group’s vision to establish a chapter of The Links to provide service in northern Broward County.
Guest speaker for this auspicious occasion was Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake who is the 73rd President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and Secretary of the Democratic National Committee. Rawlings-Blake, herself a member of The Links, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, inspired the audience by addressing The Links’ National Theme, Building A Healthy Legacy: Our Prescription for the Future. Other special guests included the Southern Area Director of The Links, Incorporated, Anne Turner Herriott and the ninth National President, Regina Jollivette Frazier. The chapter also recognized Amirah Rashed their 2014 National and Southern Area Poster Art Contest Winner in Category III (Grades 7-9), and Andrew Burt their 2014 Southern Area Winner Category II (Grades 4-6). These winners are the result of a long-standing partnership with Ramblewood Middle School and art teacher, Rosemarie Mc-Kinstry.
“With the assistance of our village, we are proud of the impact we have made in Broward County since 1995 that includes tutoring and mentoring students, conducting health and financial seminars for the elderly, hosting empowerment conferences for women and donating scholarships,” said President Earlene Striggles Horne. She also thanked the steering committee and event chairs, Houston Jones, Tamara Gant and Emma Winston for their dedication and hard work.
Because of the generosity of their supporters and many sponsors, lead sponsors included McKinley Insurance Services and Alison Clarke DeSouza, MD Office of Obstetrics & Gynecology, funds raised from the luncheon and silent auction will be used to support the programs of their five facets — The Arts; National Trends and Services; International Trends and Services; Services to Youth; and Health and Human Services. The monies are earmarked for providing needed services to the local and international communities and college scholarships to graduating high school students.