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Links Achievers Pass the Baton
By Shirlee Taylor Haizlip
Published June 19, 2008

More than 122,450 was awarded in scholarships at this year’s event 

The message that the Angel City Links has constructed has been received and passed on to those to whom much has been given, it is the duty to share it and pass it on. So said the theme of this year’s Affair of Honor, the annual Angel City Links scholarship awards and presentation of three dozen college-bound high school seniors.

This was the 27th consecutive year of the event held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Beverly Hills.

Almost one thousand guests converged on a bright spring Sunday morning recently to celebrate and congratulate the young men who had participated in the Angel City Chapter’s nationally recognized and cited six months’ program.

From its inception, the program has been developed and honed by Link members and John Alston, mentor, speaker and author.

Building blocks of the program included sessions with mentors, rock climbing, water safety, etiquette, community beautification focusing on the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, financial literacy, study habits and job strategies. As he has in past years, Dr. Fred Parrott underwrote the community service project.

Dave Clark, television anchor man, flew down from his new post in San Francisco to emcee the affair, as he has for the last several years.

The program began with a taped introduction to the Achievers written by author and Link Shirlee Taylor Haizlip and narrated by Connecting Link and educator Dr. Harold Haizlip.

The video tape did its job in generating excitement and enthusiasm for what was to follow. Cheering each Achiever were their parents, relatives, friends, churchgoers, neighbors, teachers and whole communities of supporters. The adoring audience could barely contain their pleasure when the young men paraded out and performed a series of dance moves and steps reminiscent of fraternity “stepping.” Terrica Banks was the choreographer of the opening segment.

Angel City awarded each Achiever scholarships ranging from $600 to $6000, with additional funds also being awarded in some cases for a second year of study.

The boys themselves were not slackers, selling tickets and ads for the affair. The top entrepreneurial awards were given to Richard Washington, first prize, Ronald Valley II, second prize and Jon Amos, third prize. The Achiever of the Year was Cameron Morrison.

In all, more than $122,450 was awarded in scholarships at this year’s event.

Dr. Damon Lee, Jr., the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and the Automobile Club of Southern California were designated Platinum Sponsors because of their significant and continuing support of the Achiever Program.

Most exciting was the fact that previous Achievers donated almost $20,000 in scholarships, living up to the Achiever-chosen theme of this year’s program, “Passing the Baton,” conceived by Achiever Richard Washington.

Helen Ketch, President of the Angel City Links opened the event and was followed by vice president Norma Harris, the overall program coordinator. The administrative team for the event was led by Tri Chairs Kimberly Lee, Dora Mayo and Sonia Hall.

In addition to those already named, all thirty-six other members of the Chapter work diligently for those six months to cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s which this complicated event requires.

Working committee members included: T. Jean Adenika, Cynthia Arnold, Alice Bowens, Anjetta Bowles, The Honorable Candace Cooper, Wanda Crim, Evette Dabney, Phyllis Fields, Linda Fuller, Dorothy Goodrich, Joan Whiteside-Green, Lola Hendricks, Susan Cole-Hill, Carol Johnson, Jeffalyn Johnson, Rory Johnson, Corliss Leathers, Mattie McFadden-Lawson, Paula Leftwich, Connie Meigs, Anita McCormick, Wilma Miller, Cosetta Moore, Vicki Fields-Odom, Deborah Loquet-Pattillo, Dana Perryman, Valerie Ray, Joi Rideout, Harriet Rose, Letia Royal-Burnett, Dr. Karen Hill-Scott, Audrey Ina Shaw, Patsy Ward, Melissa Wildman, Denise Smith-Wilson.

Cross Hart Jazz Experience provided the music. Bailey Cunningham and Co. provided portrait photography, lithography and printing and videography. Valerie Goodloe was the photographer for the event.

The University of West Los Angeles and the Knox Presbyterian Church provided space for various Achiever sessions and programs.

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