From left are Scholarship Program Co-Chair Stefan Chase Verrett, BHW Scholar Ahmir Magee, Mentors Cynthia Oredugba and Jean Davis, BHW Scholar Prudence Oniha, Mentor Lillian Maynard, Scholarship Program Chair Monet Daniels, and BHW Scholar Ronald Wicks. (Courtesy photo)

In a grand celebration of National Friendship Month, the Beverly Hills West Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (BHW) hosted its prestigious Green and White Reception at the Mercedes-Benz Beverly Hills AMG Showroom.

This exclusive event, more than just a social gathering, was a tribute to the enduring bonds of friendship and a testament to the chapter’s profound impact on African American culture and heritage.

The event, graced by the presence of Beverly Hills Mayor Julian A. Gold, was marked by a special commendation to BHW and its president, Zna Portlock Houston, for their steadfast dedication to enriching the community’s cultural landscape.  Set in the luxurious ambiance of the showroom, the reception perfectly embodied the spirit of elegance and significance, resonating with the prestige of the Beverly Hills community.

From left are Robin Street, Maygan Orr and Tamera Street. (Courtesy photo)

The evening, led by Tri-Chairs Adell Walker, La-Doris McClaney, and Victoria Beeks, was not just a celebration, but a powerful statement of hope and inspiration. It spotlighted the remarkable achievements of young scholars, with BHW announcing the award of over $100,000 in college scholarships, reinforcing its commitment to educational excellence.

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The reception doubled as a successful fundraiser, gathering resources to support BHW’s extensive community-based programs that encompass the arts, international trends and services, health and human services, national trends and services, and services to youth.

As guests mingled among luxury cars and enjoyed the melodies of a live jazz band, complemented by gourmet offerings from local Black businesses, the event transcended mere networking, evolving into a meaningful meeting of unity and shared purpose. This enchanting evening was a vivid illustration of how unity, passion, and commitment are essential in shaping a future that is inclusive, prosperous, and unified.

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