Links chapter is planning a fundraising frenzy
Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 7:16 p.m.
To raise funds for the Alachua County Head Start program, ElderCare of Alachua County Meals on Wheels, and a health and wellness program, the Gainesville Chapter of the Links Inc. is holding a three-event fundraiser.
Events will include a golf tournament, a shoe and accessories sale, and a yard sale, all on the same day, Saturday, Nov. 10.
"We selected ElderCare Meals on Wheels, Head Start Parenting and Staff Development, and the Links Health and Wellness programs as recipients," said Cynthia Chestnut, vice president of the Links, a civic and service club for black women. "This is our first time to take a year to raise funds for an agency."
"We really have been working hard to raise funds," said Carrie Parker-Warren, president for the Links. We are asking the community to support us in our endeavors."
The "Gainesville Links Golf Tournament" begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at Ironwood Golf Course, 2100 NE 39th Ave. The entry fee is $75 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. There will be prizes for first-, second- and third-place winners. Hole sponsorships are still available for $100.
"We've never tried a golf tournament before," said Chestnut, "but I understand they are pretty successful. Our husbands are involved and helping us sell sponsorships, and it has been great." For more information, call Chestnut at (352) 733-0017.
"A Flair for Footwear," a shoe fashion show and shoe and accessories sale for women and men, will be held from 4-6 p.m. at The Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door on the day of the event. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted for purchases.
Local vendors participating include Stein Mart, Phil's Shoes of Jacksonville, Macy's, Men of Distinction Fashions and Latasia Jewelry by Henri. Chronda Thompson said some vendors will offer 20 percent discounts, and Latasia Jewelry will donate 20 percent of their proceeds to the Links.
"We decided on a shoe and accessories sale because I'm a lover of shoes and I know other women love shoes also," said Thompson. For more information, call (352) 870-8977.
"A Yard Sale" featuring housewares, clothing, books and other items will be held from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at 3432 NW 52nd Ave. Donations are still needed, so call Jean Kiner at (352) 373-6881 or deliver your donations from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at Caring & Sharing Learning School Inc., 1951 SE 4th St. Cash and checks, but no credit cards, will be accepted.
"Our team decided to do the yard sale because they've been known to do fairly well," said Kiner.
Chestnut said the club has divided into three teams for the fundraising event. Each team has a contestant or candidate, and they are Betty Baskin, Annette Kleckley and Chronda Thompson.
The candidate of the team who raises the most funds will be crowned Ms. Royal Jewel at the White Rose Luncheon on April 19 at the Reitz Union. A percentage of her winnings will be donated to her favorite charity.
Parker-Warren gave a brief overview of the club.
"We are a friendship and service organization," she said. "Our purpose is to promote educational, civic and intercultural activities. Our values are friendship, integrity, honesty, service, commitment, family, courage and respect for ourselves and others."
She said the Links was born out a 1978 local organization called FOCUS or Females Organized for the Challenge of Unity and Self Awareness. She said in June 30, 1983, a group of FOCUS members and other women started the Gainesville Chapter of Links, Inc.
Parker-Warren said club activities include mentoring students in middle school, parent training seminars, career exploration, scholarships, "Take Your Daughter to Work," and support of blood and organ donations.
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