White Rose Luncheon will raise funds for community programs


Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:25 p.m.

You're invited to wear your favorite hat and join the members of the Gainesville Chapter of the Links Inc., as they honor community leaders at the White Rose Luncheon and Hats on Parade Fashion Show.

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White Rose Luncheon

What: White Rose Luncheon and Hats on Parade Fashion Show.
When: 11:30 a.m. April 12.
Where: Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St.
Tickets: $40 in advance from any Links member, or call 352-262-8158 or email thegainesvillelinks@gmail.com
Information: Call 352-262-8158.

The luncheon, which is a biennial fundraiser for the organization's community service and education programs, will be held at 11:30 a.m. April 12 at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St. Tickets are $40 in advance from any Links member and will not be available at the door.

Carrie Parker-Warren, president of the Gainesville Chapter of The Links, said representatives from local service organizations will serve as the models in the fashion show.

"The community looks forward to this event every other year," Parker-Warren said. "It gives the ladies the opportunity to wear wonderful hats and to dress up."

Featured will be a silent auction with gift certificates, hats, accessories and other fashions. Entertainment will be provided by Emorja Robinson, a classically trained vocalist and pianist from Jacksonville.

Chartered in 1985, the Gainesville chapter is a nonprofit service organization affiliated with The Links Inc., a national organization with more than 12,000 women in 274 chapters in 42 states.

The event draws about 300 women who come dressed in the latest trends in hats and fashions.

Florida Bridgewater-Alford, chairperson of the public relations committee with Rosa Rutledge as co-chair, said chapter will bestow the inaugural Links Distinguished Service Award to community leaders for their work in the arts, services to youth, international trends and services, and health and human services.

The honorees are:

Dr. Dan Boyd, recently retired Superintendent of Alachua County Schools, for services to youth.

Dr. Bertram Hughes, dentist and owner of Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Gainesville, for health and human services.

Dr. Agnes Ngoma Leslie, senior lecturer and outreach director for the University of Florida Center for African Studies, for international trends and services.

LaVern Porter Mitchell, founder and director of LaVern Porter Dancers, for the arts.

"The Links Inc. is an organization that truly promotes friendship and community service," Parker-Warren said. "All the Links chapters donate more than a million combined volunteer hours each year."

Nona Jones, 2014 White Rose Luncheon chairperson, said proceeds from the event go toward the Links' programs, including youth, health and human services, the arts, national trends, and international trends."

"Members of the Gainesville Chapter of The Links have invested almost 30 years of time, talent and treasure in the Gainesville Community," Jones said. "Our programs are not only funded by our members, but we also count on the support of the community to further our work. Some of the organizations that have received support from the Links include ElderCare Meals on Wheels Program, Alachua County Head Start, Black AIDS Service and Education, Take Your Daughter To Work Day Inc., and other organizations.

"We invite the community's continued support and look forward to honoring this transformational group of leaders," Parker-Warren said.

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