Crescent City Chapter of the Links, Inc. will raise funds, honor local leaders

The Crescent City Chapter of the Links, Inc. is hosting a fundraiser 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Loyola. They will recognize outstanding individuals and organizations of excellence in the areas of the arts, youth services, national trends & service, international trends & service, and health and human services.

The Links will honor five people who have made a significant difference by serving as catalysts for positive change in the New Orleans community. This year’s honorees are: Stella Pickney Jones, Amanda Aiken, Michael Hickerson, Damon J. Batiste, and Sharon Carter Sheridan.

The event will raise money to provide scholarships to deserving children and to sustain successful local organizational programs such as the International Cultural Awareness Program and “Links on the Move,” an initiative aimed at fighting childhood obesity.

The Crescent City Chapter of the Links, Inc. is comprised of more than 50 dedicated, African American women who are mentors, volunteers, business owners and professionals.  The volunteer service organization is committed to ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans.

Sponsorship packages, individual tickets and table packages are available.  Contact Cheryl Alexander or Tracie Boutte at 504-655-2449 or chapter president, Margaret Montgomery Richard at 225-241-5418, for more information.

New Orleans is Site of 2015 Kappa Conclave

At recent press conference held at the Audubon Nature Institute Aquarium of the Americas, members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. announced that the 2015 Kappa Conclave (82nd Grand Chapter Meeting) will be held in New Orleans August 11-16, 2015.

The gathering will include 12,000 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity members, their families and guests. The event is expected to have a $10 million impact on the city’s economy.

During the course of the weeklong festivities, there will be a series of business sessions, workshops, and training programs. Also, included are employment & training, housing, and personal finance counseling seminars.  The convention will also offer a Consumer Trade Show, Job Fair, Health and Wellness Fair, as well as various social and entertainment activities.

Gloves, Not Guns

The Crescent City Boxing Club will host the Crescent City Crown Amateur Boxing Showcase at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Crescent City Boxing Club, 3101 Erato Street.

Founded in 2010, CCBC is the gulf coast’s largest boxing facility at 15,000 square feet and features a youth boxing/ anti-crime program “Gloves Not Guns”. With its staff, along with a volunteer team of community activists, artists and parents, The “Gloves Not Guns” program currently enrolls more than a dozen youth boxers.
In addition to the bouts, there will be live performances and a disc jockey. Bailey Media Group and I Have a Dream Global are also partners in the event.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $5 for children under 13 years old. For more information call 504-223-7809 or visit

St. Mary’s Academy ’64 Holds 50th Year Class Reunion

First Row-left to right: Marva R. Arceneaux, Patricia W. Colbert, Donna W. Hubbard, Jill O. Antee, Sr. Hortensia, Iris D. Davis, Diane J. Dupuy, Wanda L. Roubion, Janice L. Wash, Iris Beck and Sr. Rita. Second Row-left to right: Leslie D. Braud, Mary Lynn Metoyer, Bernadette G. Armstrong, Jill C. Corseault, Brenda R. Williams, Charlotte F. Craven, Sr. Rebecca, Susan L. Galbreth, Jamesetta Theriot, Brenetta H. Daniels, Groverine S. Jones and Sandra M. Bozant. Third Row-left to right: Wanda H. Ripoll, Sanda M. Ewell, Janice H. Guidry, JoAnn S. Robinson, Paulette F. Robertson and Diane R. Woods.

St. Mary’s Academy Class of 1964 recently held its 50th class reunion. The setting for the celebration began at the new St. Mary’s Academy High School campus managed by the Sisters of the Holy Family at 6905 Chef Menteur Highway. Twenty nine Maryites came from far and near to participate in activities that included mass in the school chapel, followed by breakfast in the co-op, a tour of the school campus, a school bus ride to brunch at the Hubbard Mansion and a tour of the city.

The class of ‘64 had the privilege of being the last class to graduate from the old St. Mary’s campus located at 717 Orleans Avenue in the French quarters.  The site is now known as The Bourbon Orleans Hotel.

The reunion was a wonderful opportunity for the Maryites to come together to remember former classmates and to rediscover old friends while creating new bonds.  The classmates also had the chance to reminisce about the good times of school, teachers, activities and the grand stairway.

Committee members for reunion are:  Diane R. Woods, Marva R. Arceneaux, Diane J. Dupuy, Wanda L. Roubion and Sandra M. Ewell.

The New Orleans Tribune

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