The Orangeburg chapter of The Links Inc. will hold its annual fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at The Cinema. This year’s event, "Fête En Blanc -- An All-White Affair" -- is an evening to celebrate both the power of serving the community and the power of partnerships.
For more than 50 years, the Orangeburg chapter has provided quality services both locally and abroad in the areas of education, health and human services, national and international trends, community advocacy, services to youth, cultural enrichment, support of the arts and scholarships to high school students aspiring to attend South Carolina State and Claflin University. The group takes great pride in identifying and acknowledging leaders who share these same desires and make sustaining differences in the Oarngeburg area.
The theme of the fundraiser, “Effecting Change through Leadership and Service,” captures the essence of the Orangeburg chapter and provides a platform by which to recognize six distinguished honorees.
The 2018-2019 honorees are: Dominique Rolle (International Trends and Services); the Orangeburg Branch of the NAACP (National Trends and Services); Epsilon Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Inc., (Services to Youth); Dr. Charles Kilgore (Health and Human Services) and Dr. Frank C. Martin II (The Arts). Additionally, the chapter will present its first Distinguished Community Service Award to Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, president of Claflin University, and first lady Mrs. Alice Carson Tisdale.
The Links Inc. is a not-for-profit service organization with a membership of approximately 15,000 women of color in 288 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. Built on the tenants of service and friendship, the organization contributes more than 1 million hours of community service annually.
For the past two years, the chapter has introduced and implemented an after-school program for fourth- and fifth-grade girls at Mellichamp Elementary. This year middle school students were invited to participate in a STEM-related writing contest, "The Future of Technology." The contest provided a platform for students to use their skills and creativity to develop new technology, specifically in the area of app designs while integrating written expression.
“I continue to be amazed by the passion and commitment to service by our chapter members," said chapter president Pamela Dawson, “but even more so, I am blown away by the ideas and talents of our youth. It is most rewarding and gratifying to see the active involvement and the positive development in our youth as a result of our programs.”
All proceeds are used to maintain programs and scholarships and The Links Foundation. Tickets are $50. Deadline for purchase is May 11. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-534-2286.