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    Southern Area Links Raise Major Funds for Black Colleges and Universities

    -  Nancy Wilson “In Concert With Education” A Big Hit in Charlotte

    (September 29, 2006). The legendary Miss Nancy Wilson sang from her heart to an audience of 1,500 plus fans, in September, 2006, at the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Miss Wilson performed – In Concert With Education – to assist The Southern Area of The Links, Incorporated endow fifty-one (51) Historically Black Colleges and Universities located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the Republic of South Africa. “I believe in a level playing field for our children,” said Miss Wilson. And leveling the playing field for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities is certainly what the Scholarship Endowment Initiative of The Southern Area Links is all about.

    Members of the Atlanta Cluster Chapters of The Links, Inc. participate in the Inauguration Ceremonies for the Single Gender Schools. Links are seated on the sixth row behind the students attending the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

    Raising more than $250,000, with the assistance of the benefit concert, all profits from the event will be used to underwrite scholarship endowments at each of the historically black colleges and universities in the Southern Area. Dr. Gwendolyn B. Lee, National President of The Links, Incorporated, presented a check for $30,000 from The Links Foundation. The Triangle Park Chapter of The Links (Durham, NC) contributed $15,500; and many of the remaining 74 chapters donated gifts ranging for $10,000 to $1,000 each. Our sponsors were Allstate Insurance Company (contributing $25,000), Wachovia Corporation, Bank of America, Mrs. Joyce M. Dixon (14th Southern Area Director), Mr. and Mrs. Barry L. Johnson, Key Bank, Phillip Morris, Beya Jewelers, and Weaver Family Foundation.

    The Southern Area of The Links, Incorporated, under the leadership of Margaret Thompson Johnson, Area Director, launched a scholarship endowment initiative firmly committed to serving youth. It has set an aggressive agenda designed to promote and advocate academic achievement, economic independence, political empowerment and social responsibility for future leaders. “These leaders will be the designers of the societies and environments that will impact our sunset and they will lead and inspire our heirs for generations to come,” said Ms. Johnson. The program has already endowed Bennett College, Spelman College, Bethune-Cookman College, Florida Memorial University, Edward Waters College and Florida A &M University. “We are just getting started,” Mrs. Johnson added, “We are committed to doing our part to break the cycle of despair through educational opportunities for our young people; and we owe Carlenia Ivory, Southern Area Chair of Education, and Dorothy Williams, Southern Area Chair of Public Affairs and Chair of the Endowment Initiative, a debt of gratitude for their efforts in making this initiative a resounding success.”

    Dr. Dorothy Yancey, President of Johnson C. Smith University, served as the Honorary Chair of “In Concert with Education.” Other college presidents attending the event included Dr. Lee Monroe, President of Voorhees College; Dr. Andrew Hugine, President of South Carolina State University; Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, President of Tougaloo College; Dr. Shirley A. R. Lewis, President of Paine College; Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, President of Livingston College, Dr. Carl Flamer, President of Barber Scotia College and Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, President of Shaw University.

    The Charlotte (NC) Links Cluster Chapters of The Links, Incorporated – including the Charlotte Chapter (Daisy Walker, President), Crown Jewels Chapter (Mary Clark, President) and the Piedmont Chapter (Trish Johnson, President) – hosted the week-end of entertainment for those who came to the Tar Heel State, enjoyed the music and the friendship offered by The Links, and supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with their gifts and pledges. The Charlotte Chapter received complimentary tickets for the parents and children participating in their Children Achieving Success program to attend the concert.


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