Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Greater Links

Greater New York Chapter, The Links, Inc.
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.
Connecting Links
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
Evette Beckett-Tuggle, Joyce Roche, Susan Taylor, Gerri Warren-Merrick, Minta Spain
Kennedy Williams-Benjamin and Susan Taylor
Grace Ingleton, Gerri Warren-Merrick, Ketly Michel, and Minta Spain
Betty King Obiajulu
Walter Green surrounded by models
Kephra Burns and Susan Taylor
Rosemonde Pierre Louis and Alma Nugent
Bill, Elinor, and Susan Tatum
Rev. Dr. Reginald Tuggle
Minta Spain, Evette Beckett-Tuggle, Susan Taylor, and Sydney Avent
Bishetta Merritt and C. Virginia Fields and Gerri Warren-Merrick
Marcella Maxwell and Jewel Moolenaar
Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. and David Brand
Hasoni Pratts, Robin Verges, and Michelle Miller Morial
Elinor Tatum, Lorraine Cortes-Vasquez, and Hasoni Pratts
Sharne Jackson and Donna Williams
Susan Taylor’s friends and family
Elinor Tatum, Gerri, Barbara, Hasoni Pratts, Marcella Maxwell, Sydney Avent, and C. Virginia Fields
Hazel Dukes
Dawn Hankin, Anna Maria Bishop Harris, and Gayle Hawkins
Gil McGriff and Ruth Clark
Fashions by Courtney Washington, Stephen Burrows, and S&S
Hasoni Pratts, Rhonda Joy McLean, and Sharne Jackson with Scholarship Award winners
Robin Verges and Stanley Gleaton
Hasoni Pratts with Senator Kevin Parker
Margarett Elaine Flake, Katherine Fields, C. Virginia Fields, Michelle Cheney Donaldson, Yvonne Burgess-Wright, Kamyra Harding Brand, Susan Davenport Austin, Mary Ellen Arrington, and Virginia L. Arrington
Jordan Oliver and Allyson Leigh Bolden
Marcella Maxwell with her True Service Award surrounded by Grace Ingleton, Gerri Warren-Merrick, Deborah Young, and Minta Spain
Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook, Gerri Warren-Merrick, and Minta Spain
Leon Merrick and Cyril Poindexter
Linda Zango-Haley with her mother Marjorie Elliott and Annie Taylor Greenup and Dawne Mann Hurley
Judith West and Natatia Griffith
Dr. Marcia Bayne-Smith with her family
Margot Jordan and her daughter Markita
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Linda Burrell, and Jocelyn Cooper
Judith West with her granddaughter Allyson Leigh Bolden
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.

Daniel Mobbs and Eve Queler
Renata Scotto was host of a program which included works of Rossini, Donizetti, Meyerbeer, Ponchielli, Cilea and others.

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.
Andrew Malik with Gideon and Sarah Gartner
Renee Fleming
David Kest and Deborah Surdi
David Kest with Mrs. and Mr. Andrew Serwer
Eglise Gutierrez, Earle Kazis, and Norman Raben
Eve Queler and Krassimira Stoyanova
Eve Queler and Renata Scotto
Eve Queler and Renee Fleming
Marcello Giordani and Norman Raben
Renata Scotto and Lorenzo Anselmi
Norman Raben and Sandra Wagenfeld
Renee Fleming and Marcello Giordani
Dolora Zajick, Renata Scotto, Renee Fleming, and Eve Queler
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.
Lewis Frumkes with Peggy and Everett Raymond Kinstler
Jill and Lawrence Block
Sara Nelson, Lewis Frumkes, and Daphne Merkin
Melissa Braunstein and Marry Higgins Clark
Timothy Frumkes and Libba Stribling
Ann Rence Testa, Susan Isaacs, and Dominick Dunne
Carol Higgens Clark and Ron Bruder
Lewis Frumkes and Tony Hendra
Regina Peake Reneggi and James Berry Hill
Scott Daspin and Amber Frumkes
Joan and John Jacobson
Tim Hunt and Tama Janowitz
Joan Griswold and John Simon
Tony Kilduff, Tina Flaherty, and Paolo Giorno
Amber Frumkes and Ethel LeFrak
Norman Arnoff and Lewis Frumkes
Bell Kaufman, Lewis Frumkes, and Daphne Merkin
Antonia and Spiros Milonas
Grace Chang and Stewart Jenner
Dr. Harold Bornstein and Melissa Bornstein
Elizabeth Strong de Cuevas and Minnie Levitt
Denise LeFrak and Ron Bruder
Jackie Weld
Libba Sribling, Alana Frumkes, Lewis Frumkes, Judy Carson, and Frank McCourt
Dan and Judith Greenberg
Selma Hernandez, Erica Jong, and Tony Hendra
Judith Greenberg, Grace Chang, Dan Greenberg, Stewart Jenner, and Lewis Frumkes
Malachy McCourt, Daphne Merkin, and Ray Blount Jr.
Jaime Malanowski, Tina Flaherty, and Paolo Giorno
Pam Grayson, Bob Morris, and Elly Tatum

Photographs by Margot Jordan and Terrance Jennings (Links); Cutty McGill (Writing Center).

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