Awards & Recognition
Milestone Chapter Activities
Since 1954, the Los Angeles Chapter has provided experienced leadership to the city and throughout Los Angeles county through support of a variety of public facilities and services through the four facets:
THE ARTS FACET
L.A. Links donate a bronze sculpture of Mary McLeod Bethune by Richmond Barthe and a contemporary wire sculpture by Maren Hassinger to California African American Museum
Faith Ringgold: A 25 Year Survey – L.A. Links host a gala reception, book signing, and first showing of the Ringgold Exhibit on the West Coast at the Museum of African American Art with an attendance of over 3,000 guests during the month-long exhibit
L.A. Links celebrate “A Day in the Life of L.A.” – An Umbrella Project salute to community organizations and a L.A. youth art exhibit – L.A. City Department of Cultural Affairs and Councilwoman Rita Walters co-sponsor with guest speaker Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Fine Arts Luncheon featuring African-American artists, Betye Saar, Leslie Saar, Elsabeth Ainafu, Nanette Carter, Elizabeth Catlette, Lakeeta E. Howard, Enrica Marshall, and Phyllis Thompson – artwork courtesy of Alitash Kebede Gallery – held at The Bistro Garden at Coldwater with over 350 guests
Fine Arts Supper featuring local artists held at the Regency West Events Center
Theater Party: West Coast premier at Gascon Theater in Culver City
Cultural Awareness Theater Party – “Intimate Apparel”
Fine Arts Reception honoring Phoebe Beasley – M. Hanks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Richard Wyatt honored at Arts Luncheon and exhibition. Slide presentation moderated by Mr. Wyatt – Park Hyatt Hotel, Century City, CA
L.A. Link members host Cotillionettes at California African American Museum luncheon with presentation by Dr. Terrance Roberts, one of the “Little Rock Nine”
L.A. Links present “Opera Night” at the Hollywood Bowl – “Carmen”
L.A. Links present “Opera Night” at the Hollywood Bowl – “Porgy and Bess”
Los Angeles Chapter of Links, Inc. 60th Anniversary Celebration – A year of rededication to serving our community through friendship and service.
THE INTERNATIONAL TRENDS AND SERVICES FACET
Mayor Tom Bradley proclaims “L.A. Chapter of Links Day” with a salute to the United Nations International Year of the Woman held in Nairobi, Kenya
L.A. Chapter salutes the United Nations Decade for Women with an International Luncheon held at the California Afro-American Museum. Senator Diane Watson was guest speaker.
“Your Life as a Movie” Public Speaking and Global Exposure Workshop
Public Speaking and World Cultures Workshop
“Global Getdown” – L.A. Links host cotillionettes, L.A. Job Corps Members, and Union Rescue Mission clients at the Lula Washington Dance Studio as they discover and experience the effects of dance as a vehicle for global communication in today’s world
“Global Getdown” 06 – L.A. Links host cotillionettes, Link members, and guests at the Lula Washington Dance Studio to experience global communication through observing and learning the dances of Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean
L.A. Links support Project Africa Global (PAG) by donating monies and supplies and assembling care packages for this organization of doctors, nurses, and lay persons who provide education and medical and humanitarian services to vulnerable populations in the USA and Africa
“Global Getdown” 07 – L.A. Links host cotillionettes, families, and guests at the Lula Washington Dance Studio as they experience the culture of Latin American countries through observing and learning regional dances
“Global Getdown” 08 – L.A. Links host cotillionettes, families, and guests at the Lula Washington Dance Studio as they explore and experience the incredible worldwide impact of hip-hop on the movies of India – “Bollywood” style
“An Art Affair” – L.A. Links host an African art collection viewing for cotillionettes, families, and guests
“Global Getdown” 09 – L.A. Links host an intercultural workshop for cotillionettes, Crenshaw High School students, and guests as they learn the significance, values, similarities, and differences of world cultures through the medium of the dances of Brazil. This project was also a fundraising activity which raised enough money to purchase 200 Mamaa Kits for African families.
THE NATIONAL TRENDS AND SERVICES FACET
L.A. Links “Pride Award” Program’s Cultural Awareness Week activity held at six targeted elementary schools in the Los Angeles community
L.A. Chapter, in conjunction with the University of Southern California, sponsors a symposium on “The Aging Black Woman”
L.A. Links African American Books in the Classroom Project focuses on the building and maintaining of libraries in six elementary schools. The L.A. Job Corps Program was added as a recipient in the Fall of 2002 to support “at-risk” teens.
L.A. Links Trends and Services Facet’s mandatory cotillionette community service hours and projects have resulted in thousands of volunteer hours donated to the Los Angeles community
L.A. Links participate in National Trends Annual Walk-a-Thon -Carson, CA
Los Angeles Links 50th Anniversary Celebration documents an excess of $40,000 in scholarship donations
L.A. Links participate in 5th Annual National Links Walk-a-Thon, “Walk for Health 2002”- percentage of proceeds collected by Southern California Cluster benefit “Beginnings for Black Babies”
Hillcrest Elementary School – L.A. Links sponsor hands-on community service project emphasizing careers and workplace etiquette for older elementary school students and L.A. Job Corps participants
“Links Day” in Los Angeles – City of Los Angeles honors L.A. chapter for contributing more than 5,000 volunteer hours and over one million dollars in revenue (from the annual Cotillion) to nationwide service and self-help programs
Healthy Hearts community outreach workshop
Art in the Classroom Project – L.A. Links sponsor literacy project – reading of children’s book, “Aunt Flossie’s Hat” by author, Link Elizabeth Howard, to over 100 students at Wilder Preparatory and Marcus Garvey Schools
Project Africa Global (PAG) – L.A. Links provide funds, supplies, volunteer hours to assemble care packages for U.S. and African populations.
L.A. Links sponsor cotillionette workshops to develop awareness in the areas of the arts, international trends, legal savvy, health, financial management, and higher education.
THE SERVICES TO YOUTH FACET
Annual Teen Health Conference – greater Los Angeles Links Chapters, connecting and Heir-o-Links, community youth, and health professionals participate in educational conference (at least 150 participants)
Los Angeles Links Cotillion provides a young women’s leadership and training institute during the cotillion season, culminating in an awards event and debutante ball held annually in November
Cultural Awareness Theater party – L.A. Links host 2002 debutantes at play, “Hills Above the Hood”
24 debutantes participate in the Cotillion, ”Golden Friendships…50 years of giving” at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel
22 debutantes participate in 52nd Cotillion, “I Will Be There For You,” at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Each year all debs contribute a minimum of 75 hours to community service agencies
Over the years, the L.A. Links have developed, sponsored, and hosted workshops featuring: self-esteem, entrepreneurship, yoga and meditation, college preparation, CPR training, life skills and personal development, and etiquette (these are offered every year with modifications/additions)
23 debutantes participate in 53rd Annual Cotillion, “Flying Without Wings,” at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel after donating a minimum of 75 volunteer hours each and completing several months of training/development workshops
20 debutantes participate in the 54th Annual Cotillion, “Believer” at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with 570 guests in attendance after completing several months of life skills training and personal development workshops and a minimum of 75 hours of community service each
28 debutantes participate in the 55th Annual Cotillion, “Everyday” (Theme from Madea’s Family Reunion) at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel with 750 guests in attendance. This year saw the addition of Women’s Health/Skincare, Legal Savvy, and Creative Writing/Public Speaking workshops to the debutante workshop schedule
26 debutantes participate in the 56th Annual Cotillion, “Beautiful Flower” at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel with 650 guests in attendance
19 debutantes participate in the 57th Annual Cotillion, “A Joyful Celebration” at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel with 610 guests in attendance
New workshops featured – “One’s Self Within and Out” Weekend Retreat, Nutrition and Fitness, Financial Stability and Future Strategic Planning featuring panel of professional women
Her/She Foster Services Annual Reception/Tea and Ball – sponsored and supported by L.A. Links’ contribution of kick-off tea, monetary donations, professional leadership/training workshops that culminate in a Cinderella Ball attended by over 300 guests
18 debutantes participate in the 58th Annual Cotillion, “Dare To Dream” at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel with 570 guests in attendance
This year saw the addition of “Hip Hop R’ Size” dance/exercise workshops at Curves health club to the debutante workshop/seminar schedule
L.A. Links Civic Breakfast – L.A. Links host Western Area Director Link Barbara Ruffin-Boston on November 21, 2009. The L.A. Links invite the thirteen L.A. Metropolitan Area Chapters, community leaders, and elected officials to discuss leveraging our resources to better serve those in the greatest need within our community. The Western Area Director, at the close of the discussions, charges the L.A. Link Chapter to develop a youth-focused program that will include a new partnership with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the thirteen Metropolitan Area Link Chapters. Link Ruffin-Boston challenges us to complete her charge between L.A. Chapter’s 60th Anniversary in 2010 and the 100th Anniversary of Kappa Alpha Psi in 2011, before our 2011 Western Area Conference.
Annual Teen Health Conference – L.A. Chapter (in partnership with Palos Verdes Links Chapter and Charles R. Drew Medical Society) joins The Auxiliary to the Charles R. Drew Medical Society in sponsoring The Annual Teen Health Conference, providing information to teens and adults on topics such as depression, healthy lifestyles, HIV/AIDS and other STIs, diabetes, nutrition, exercise, and relationships.
Recognition and Awards
CHAPTER AWARDS AND RECOGNITION (Local, Area, National)
NAACP Image Award for L.A. Chapter’s Services to Youth Facet
Local Award – “Los Angeles Chapter of Links Day” proclaimed by Mayor Tom Bradley – National Trends Facet
Local Award – L.A. City International Year of the Woman – International Trends Facet
Western Area Award for L.A. Links Pride Awards – National Trends and Services Facet
National Award for L.A. Links Charitable Donations of more than $800,000 in Cotillion proceeds from its inception until 1992 – Services to Youth Facet
L.A. City “A Day In the Life of L.A. – The Arts Facet
Western Area Recognition for Poster Arts Participation in “Project Walking Fete” – Health Education/Poster Arts Program at Annual Teen Health Conference – Services to Youth Facet
L.A. Community Service Recognition – National Trends and Services Facet
National Award – 3rd Place Services to Youth/Foster Care Prize for L.A. Chapter’s collaboration with and support of Her/She Foster Youth Services Networking Tea/Reception and Cinderella Ball
The Links, INC., LOS ANGELES CHAPTER MEMEBERS: AREA/NATIONAL OFFICERS OR COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Josephine Smith – National Secretary
Barbara Tillmon – 1986-88 National Nominating Committee Member
Jacqueline Ryan – National Nominating Committee Member, Western Area Fine Arts Chair
Ursula Murrell – Area Director 1956–1960
Deborah Beavers-Watford – National Nominating Committee Member/Western Area 2005-2007, Western Area Nominating Committee Chair 2007-2009, Western Area Chair Strategic Planning Committee 2009-20011, Member National Strategic Planning Committee 2009-2011
LOS ANGELES LINKS CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Cotillionette Scholarships – since 1990 during the culminating activity, L.A. Links debutantes receive scholarships in the areas of academic achievement, community service hours, entrepreneurship, and essay writing.
L.A. Chapter has provided an excess of $1,000,000 to support community organizations during its sixty-year history. Grants to community organizations are presented annually following the November debutante ball. Awards include an NAACP Life Membership with continuing contributions to the NAACP Education Fund, support to USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount University the United Negro College Fund, and qualifying community agencies. Donations to Jenesse Center, Southeast Symphony, Her/She Foundation, the United Negro College Fund, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and the Lula Washington Dance Theatre are some of the 15 to 25 annual recipients.
Los Angeles Links Chapter UCLA Minority Student Endowment Fund of $50,000 was established in 2000 in celebration of the chapter’s 50th Anniversary and in honor of our founders. A book grant is provided to an African-American female UCLA student annually.