50th Anniversary of Milwaukee (WI) Chapter of the Links, Inc.

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The Milwaukee (WI) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated is celebrating on December 8, 2012, a great milestone in Wisconsin history, fifty years of service and accomplishments in Wisconsin and specifically in Milwaukee County.  The late Frankie Jones, Hazel Maxwell, and Mildred E. Parrish organized this organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 8, 1962.  The only living charter member is Judge Vel Phillips. The present chapter president is JoAnne Pollard Williamson.  The gala chair is Dr. Joan Prince, Vice Chancellor, Global Inclusion and Engagement for University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, who was nominated by President Barack Obama and serves as an Alternate Representative of the United States to the Sixty-seventh Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.  JoAnne Williamson, chapter president, invites you and a photographer to cover the event.

Time, Place, and Costs

The Golden Anniversary Gala will commemorate the chapter’s accomplishments of service in the areas of Services to Youth, International Trends, National Trends, and the Arts. The gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 333 W. Kilbourn Street, Milwaukee, WI, in the Grand Ballroom.  The silent auction is from 11AM until noon, with the luncheon proceeding from noon until 2pm.  Tickets are $75 per person.

Community Involvement over the Past Fifty Years

Over the past fifty years, The Milwaukee (WI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been of service in the community.  The chapter has gifted over $300,000 in educational scholarships, provided ACT/SAT prep courses for high school students, and sent laptops in partnership with Jamaica for students and literacy. It has also adopted two Milwaukee elementary schools concentrating on social, academic, and cultural programming.  The chapter is active in community voter registration initiatives.  In 1966, the chapter commissioned Aaron Douglas to create an oil canvas, Song of the Towers and Aspects of Negro Life, for the governor’s mansion in Madison, Wisconsin.

Community Volunteerism Awardee – Mavis McCullum

Deputy Superintendent at the Milwaukee County Juvenile Detention Center

The Edith Norman Finlayson Award for Volunteerism to Youth will also be awarded to community advocate, Mavis McCullum.  Her volunteer work on behalf of Milwaukee’s youth is unparalleled.  She is the board president emeritus of New Concept Self Development Center, a human services agency meeting family needs.  Ms. McCallum is the founder and first president of the Milwaukee Youth Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women.  McCallum is a lifelong youth advocate and has ensured that the voices of youth have been included in citywide discussions for over 30 years.  Professionally, she was the first African-American female Deputy Superintendent at the Milwaukee County Juvenile Detention Center, and brought a voice of youth advocacy to that position.


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