The Links Inc. Pine Bluff Chapter will host its 34th annual Benefit Luncheon and Fashion Show beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday with a reception and silent auction at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
An international, not-for-profit organization established in 1946, The Links Inc. has a membership of 12,000 professional women of color in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, designating it as one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations.
The Pine Bluff Chapter was established in 1969 and serves the Pine Bluff area by contributing financially to the support of the provision of community service projects that enrich and improve the citizens and community. This outreach is extended through the five national initiatives: National Trends and Services, The Arts, Services to Youth, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human services. Through these initiatives, the chapter has engaged in numerous projects, a few of which are collaborating with the Pine Bluff School District to send more than 800 books to the Education Ministry of Uganda; the long-term support of a Haitian youth; providing scholarships for students at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; and sponsoring aesthetic events such as Black Dance Troupe, a collaboration with the Music Department at UAPB to sponsor a concert of Negro Spirituals, and the sponsorship of a one-woman dramatic presentation of the lives of Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks.
Tickets may be purchased from any member of the organization by calling 870-536-2513. The proceeds from the annual Luncheon and Fashion Show help to support these and many other events.
The president of the Pine Bluff Chapter is Bettye Dunn Wright, and the co-chairmen of this year’s show are Carolyn Blakely and Juana Johnson.