|900 Guests celebrated friendship and service with Greater New York Links and honored Joyce M. Roche, president, Girls Inc. and Susan Taylor, Editor Emerita of Essence Magazine at their 59th annual Easter Luncheon and fashion Show at Chelsea Piers Pier Sixty.
Sister Links, family, friends and guests came from all over the United States to join Greater New York Chapter in saluting Roche and Taylor. Reginald Canal, First Vice President, African Heritage Banking , HSBC Bank, USA was given the Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award.
The event’s theme “Celebration of Friendship and Service” included awards for two of the Greater New York Chapter’s outstanding members Ketly Michel and Marcella Maxwell.
|Gerri Warren-Merritt was luncheon chair. Co-chairs were Sydney Avent and Evette Beckett-Tuggle. Fashion impresario Walter Greene presented a 30-minute “Back to the Basics – The Easter Parade” featuring designs of African Americans: New York fashion designer Courtney Washington, Stephen Burrows, Duane Fish, Susan Moses, and Douglas Says.
Established in 1946, The Links is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organization of women who linked in friendship and are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African-Americans and persons of African descent. It is a non-profit with nearly 12,000 professional women of color in 273 chapters located in 42 states, The District of Columbia and Germany, South Africa and the Bahamas. The Greater New York chapter, founded in 1949 is committed to fostering community outreach in the New York metropolitan area through quality programs with a long-term impact on the well-being and enrichment of African-Americans. For more information visit: www.greaternylinks.org
|Fashions by Courtney Washington, Stephen Burrows, and S&S|
| On March 6th at Carnegie Hall, the Opera Orchestra of New York held its benefit Gala Evening in celebration of Music Director Eve Queler’s 100th Carnegie Hall Performance with an all-star roster of singers including Renee Fleming, Aprile Millo, Latonia Moore, Krassimira Stoyanova, Eglise Gutierrez, Dolora Zajick, Marcello Giordani and Stephen Costello.
The Opera Orchestra’s mission is to bring to New York area audiences high-quality performances of seldom-heard operatic masterworks featuring internationally acclaimed artists as well as talented young singers and promote the career development of gifted young artists.
To achieve these goals, The Opera Orchestra of New York presents a three-concert series at Carnegie Hall annually; maintains a Young Artists Program (which focuses on providing the specialized training and professional skills essential for an operatic career); presents Young Artists Showcases (with full orchestra); broadcasts its Carnegie Hall concerts on NPR, and presents an annual recital to introduce new artists.
|At the beginning of last month, The Writing Center at Marymount Manhattan College held a dinner dance at Doubles and honored Tina Flaherty who had given $100,000 to the Center to establish Irish Voices: The Clementina Santi Flaherty Lecture Series.
The Writing Center, which opened in February 1995, encourages the craft of writing through instruction, programs, and user-friendly facilities. Writers of every level receive expert assistance from Writing Center Director Lewis Burke Frumkes and additional members of the MMC faculty.
The Center's resources include a literary library, publications, audio and video archives and writing carrels equipped with personal computers.
In addition to the Writers' Conference and Writing Intensive, the Writing Center also features many unique events, courses and workshops throughout the year, including the Best Selling Authors Series; monthly workshops celebrating various aspects of the writing business and craft; and clinics designed to assist writers with works-in-progress.
To learn more, click here.
|Photographs by Margot Jordan and Terrance Jennings (Links); Cutty McGill (Writing Center).|