The Greater New York Chapter Of The Links, Incorporated Ushers In 70 Years of Service with Diamonds and Pearls Gala

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The Links Incorporated.

The Greater New York Chapter of The Links, Incorporated recently celebrated its 70th anniversary with a sparkling gala fundraiser at 583 Park Avenue.  Hosted by Dr. Donna Jones, president of GNY Links, the sold-out event was aptly billed as the Diamonds and Pearls Gala, with more than 600 influencers from New York’s business, civic, social service and philanthropic communities in attendance. The goal of the event was to raise funds and awareness for the Chapter’s work in Services to Youth, the Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services.  

“This celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Greater New York Chapter of The Links is more than a culmination of tireless and dedicated service. It is a commencement of a new era for our beloved Chapter as we set the stage for 70 more years and beyond in friendship and in service,” said Dr. Jones.


A string quartet entertained during the cocktail hour.
The Greater New York Links, Incorporated Awards.
Gala Co-Chairs Icema Gibbs and Katrina McGhee.

The Diamonds and Pearls Gala was helmed by an outstanding Gala Committee with Katrina McGhee and Icema Gibbs serving as Co-Chairs. The Gala Committee also included the following GNY Links Members: Gina Bolden-Rivera, Calvina Bostick, Kalyn Johnson Chandler, Olga Dais, Nailah Flake-Brown, Kia Floyd, DeNora Getachew, Deborah “Debbie” Jackson, Ruth “Cookie” Jean, Tiffany Johnson, Jillian E. Joseph, Lynn Law, Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, Dr. Marcella Maxwell, Gerri Warren Merrick, Barbara North-Lightning, Racquel Oden, Cari Robinson, Janis Robinson, Tennille Robinson, Dominique Sharpton-Bright, Helen C. Shelton, Michelle D. Stent, Nanette L. Thomas, Deborah Whitfield and Linda Zango-Haley.  Emmy® Award-winning CBS News correspondent, Michelle Miller Morial, also a member of GNY Links, was the Mistress of Ceremonies. 

Michelle Miller Morial, Rev. Elaine Flake, C. Virginia Fields

Fittingly enough, GNY Links Platinum Members Dr. Marcella Maxwell and Betty King Obiajulu were also on hand, as were GNY Links Alumnae Members Mary Ellen Arrington, Virginia Arrington, Grace Ingleton, Karen Selsey and Judy West.

The GNY Links Diamonds and Pearls Gala honored the legendary Alma Rangel who has served the Harlem community for more than five decades, and Christina Lewis Halpern, founder and CEO of All Star Code. 

Guests included: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, New York State Senator Brian A. Benjamin, New York State Assembly Members Michael Blake and Walter T. Mosley, New York State Senator Kevin Parker, New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo and Congressman Adriano Espaillat, Hazel N. Dukes, past national president of the NAACP, Charles B. Rangel, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Michelle D. Grady, Esq. and C. Virginia Fields. 

Event sponsors were Colgate, Facebook and JetBlue, Flushing Bank, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and Zin Technologies.  Finn Partners provided pro bono public relations for the event.  Maison Marcel sponsored the wine bar with its newly-launched sparkling rosé at a private reception that preceded the gala.


Linda Haley, Alma Rangel, Charlie Rangel, and Michelle Stent.
Betty King Obiajulu, Mary Ellen Arrington, Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, Dr. Donna Jones, Dr. Marcella Maxwell, Karen Selsey, and Judy West.
Katrina McGhee, Dr. Donna Jones, Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, and Karen Selsey.
Congressman Adriano Espaillat, Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, and C. Virginia Fields.
Calvina Bostick, Dorian Dixon, Lesley Horton Campbell, and LaToya Jeffers.
L. to r.: Robert Perry and Gail Monroe Perry; Charlita Cardwell and Kalyn Johnson Chandler.
Audrey Gaul, Sharon Simmons, Doris Withers, Diane Greene, and Sydney Avent.
Assemblyman Michael Blake, Lucian Allen, and Walter T. Mosley
L. to r.: Hasoni Pratts, Michelle Miller Morial, and Dominique Sharpton-Bright; Vivian Manning Fox.
Charlita Cardwell, Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, Kalyn Johnson Chandler, and DeNora Getachew.
Dr. Donna Jones, Honoree Alma Rangel, Charlie Rangel, and Honoree Christina Lewis Halpern.
L. to r.: Icema Gibbs; Helen Shelton and Betty King Obiajulu.
Dr. Donna Jones and Michele Smith.
Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, Dominique Sharpton-Bright, Al Sharpton, Susan Taylor, and Michelle Miller Morial.
L. to r.: Dr. Donna Jones and Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard; Charmaine Shelton, Helen Shelton, and Mrs. Shelton.
Loida Lewis, Hazel Dukes, and Christina Lewis Halpern.
Nailah Flake, Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, and Rev. Elaine Flake.
L. to r.: Rev. Elaine Flake and Nailah Flake-Brown; Racquel Oden and Hasoni Pratts.
Robert Hylton, Kim Hylton, and Randy Donaldson.
Susan Taylor, DeAnna Evans, and Shireen Dodson.
Alma Rangel, Congressman Adriano Espaillat, C. Virginia Fields, and Charlie Rangel.
Gina Bolden Rivera.


Photographs by Annie Watt

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