Officers of the Delaware Valley Links take a group photo from left: Jan Gillespie-Walton, Brenda Maiden, June Blue, Robin Bush, Esq., Linda Wormley Meade, President, Links Inc. Del. Valley PA; Cheryl Bullock, Florence Wright, Esq. and Leslie Graves.
By Patricia Gilliam Clifford
The Links Inc., Delaware Valley (PA) Chapter hosted its “Smooth Jazz Groovin’ On A Sunday Afternoon” fundraiser at the Sugarhouse Casino on May 7th. The well-supported, upbeat event was attended by Dr. Joseph Meade, husband of Links Inc. Delaware Valley Chapter president Linda Wormley Meade and 500 supporters. Chapter president Linda Wormley Meade said, “The Delaware Valley Chapter boasts an intergenerational membership of 68 active and alumna members representing a wide range of professional women, all dedicated to improving the lives of people of African Ancestry. Since 1964, our membership has sought to extend educational programming and community outreach to underserved people living in Bucks, Chester, Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties.”
“The Links, Incorporated, an international nonprofit corporation, was established in 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Margaret Roselle Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott to respond to the needs of African Americans in the aftermath of World War II. Membership of The Links, Inc. has grown to over 14,000 professional women of color in 280 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Other 2016-2017 officers serving with president Wormley Meade are: Cheryl Bullock, Robin Bush, Leslie Graves, June Blue, Jan Gillespie-Walton, Veronica Hill Milbourne, Ann Gillis Waiters, Aretha Marshall, Shawn Blue, Florence Wright, Brenda K. Maiden and Staci Johnson.
The tremendous effort and diligence of 2017 “Ways and Means Committee event co-chairs Orien-Reid Nix, Kimberly Lloyd, Monique Braxton-Royster and Linda Wormley Meade was evident and resulted in a relaxing, enjoyable afternoon for a great cause. Braxton -Royster also did an excellent job as the affair’s mistress of ceremonies. It was a lovely gesture for each co-chair to be presented with a lovely bouquet by their “sister” Links.
The afternoon was off to a great start with cocktails and conversation. Guests enjoyed chapter members center stage entrance as Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” played. All wore signature scarves in official green and white Link colors. They also enjoyed browsing and shopping with vendors displaying enticing selections of accessories and clothing. The raffles were very popular, with one lucky gentleman winning a sizeable cash prize. Guests received vouchers for the casino, inspired by chapter member Karen Clifford’s rendition of Frank Sinatra classic “Luck be a Lady Tonight.”
The meal was blessed by alumna member Joanne Bradley-Jones. The dance floor was lively with music by Virgil B. Walker and Phlayva blended with R & B and other popular recorded tunes by DJ Jazzy Joe.
The signature event was well supported by Links from throughout the Philadelphia Region, including Dr. Mahleen Duckett Lee, president of Links Inc. Philadelphia Founding Chapter. Among those spotted “All Around Philly” at this outstanding affair, including chapter members not mentioned above, were: former Councilwoman Marion B. Tasco, Monique Mooring, president of Jack and Jill of America , Inc., Philadelphia Chapter, Judge Frederica Massiah -Jackson and Dr. Clifford DeBaptise, Dr. Julia Jackson Duffus and Jason Duffus, Thomas and Mayla Jackson, Mila and Bernard Chavis, Wes and Renee Allen, Shannon and Stuart George, Monica Lewis, Cynthia Muse, Lois Schmidt, Shelly Pullian, Dana and William Capers, Judge Patrese Tucker and Judge Leon Tucker, Dr. William R. Hite and Deirdre Frances, Jacquelyn and Bernard Smalley and Barbara Gee.