AKAs to share Holiday Cheer with kids affected by domestic abuse

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“Holiday Affair 2011” sponsored by Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will support Project Holiday Cheer, the organization’s initiative to help children affected by domestic abuse and those who do not have a place to call

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“Holiday Affair 2011” sponsored by Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will support Project Holiday Cheer, the organization’s initiative to help children affected by domestic abuse and those who do not have a place to call home In order to enjoy the holiday season. Spearheading the New Year’s Eve event (on Saturday, Dec. 31) in the Regency Room of the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s West Tower, are Essie L. Kelly, president, and Gladys Lloyd-Vinson, chair. “Holiday Affair 2011” begins with an 11 a.m. Reception followed by Brunch & Dancing featuring the Reginald T. McCants Trio.

The AKA’s goal is to assist close to176 children ranging in age from infants to 17 years. The donations will go to children at the House of the Good Shepherd adol Ada S. McKinley Foster Care and Adoption Services – two organizations that provide much needed services and housing to families affected by domestic abuse and to children who do not have families. “Holiday Affair 2011” guests have been asked to bring donations of toys and age appropriate gifts for the children.

Gift and/or toy suggestions (unwrapped, please!): infants to age 13, child-safe stuffed animals/dolls; learning/educational toys, toy trucks/cars; children, age 14-17, headphones, MP3 players, iTunes gift cards, electronic games/toys/board games (Connect 4, Bingo, Uno, Checkers, etc.). My AKA hostess is Denise Gresham Knox.

Formal Fashion! – Family, friends and colleagues of The Chicago Assembly, whose prestigious membership is comprised of our town’s “movers and shakers” — the most powerful and the influential among them! — were reminded of the proper attire to wear to their exclusive by invitation only “Annual Holiday Ball” on Monday in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Notifications of Acceptable Attire were printed on the formal invitation in two different locations and read: “In accordance with the tradition of The Chicago Assembly, we are requesting that all attire be strictly formal wear. Males are to be in Black Tuxedos, with Black Bow Tie. All dresses should be Long Formal Dresses. No Pants. This dress code will be STRICTLY adhered to. Thank You In Advance.” But, alas! As in the past, several guests chose not to adhere to the recommended dress as requested by their hosts and showed up in non-formal attire. Some of the gents were spotted in dark business suits and string ties; and several ladies were seen dancing in short cocktail dresses; and a few even opted to wear pants!

Chicago Assembly officers and members of its Governing Board include Albert R. Tyler III, president; Randall E. Caldwell, vice president; Anthony Tolbert and Willis E. Pennington, secretaries; Boyd Jarrell, treasurer; Everett D. Branson Sr., Louis P. Dodd, Kevin L. Ellis, Albert E. Foster, Winston B. McGill Jr., Everett C. McCleary, Henry Meyer III, Charles E. Mingo, John H. Moore III, Howard L. Ward and Dwight A. Williams. Emeritus members: Raymond M. Broady, Charles A. Davis Jr., Julius E. Davenport, Frank W. Gardner*, Joel K. Gearring, Fred Hoard, Rogers J. Mitchell, D. Adolphus Rivers, Marcellus Stamps, and Garland W. Watt.

*(Dr. Frank Gardner, 88, a member of the Chicago Assembly and former president of the Chicago Board of Education appointed by Mayor Harold Washington, died earlier in the day on Monday following a lengthy illness. He was remembered and memorialized during the event. See obituary on page 25. Dr. Gardner’s funeral arrangements are incomplete as this time.)

And congratulations to the membership of The Chicago Assembly for their continuing effort to support the college education of African American young men. At Monday’s Annual Holiday Ball $2,000 scholarship grants were awarded by the Chicago Assembly Foundation, which is chaired by Marcellus Stamps Jr., to Julian Rice, a student at Western Illinois University, and to Marquis Butler, a student at Lewis University. Each of the $2,000 scholarship grants are renewable for three years if the students continue to qualify!

NYE @ Chez Terisa – Soul vocalist Terisa Griffin is expecting her legion of fans to join her on Saturday – that’s New Year’s Eve! – at Chez Terisa’s, 2010 S. Wabash, and bring in The New Year with a different specialty drink every hour on the hour – Hurricane Terisa, You Got Me Tinis, Soulzophenic Surprise and a free champagne toast that is Simply Beautiful. The evening also includes complimentary New Orleans-Style Cuisine. (Top of the line liquor available for an additional amount per drink.) Reserved seating with purchase of advance seating. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; deejay hits at 9 p.m. Hostess and entertainer: none other than Terisa Griffin. Space is limited! Early bird couple tickets: $150 for first 25 couples. General admission ticket: $100. Pick-up tickets from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 6450 S. Stony Island. Call (773) 667-9608.

Newsy Names – Condolences to family and friends of Tom Lewis, 75, former president and founder of Southside Bank, president of Interurban Broadcasting and first executive director of Operation PUSH’s Commercial Division. Services were Dec. 28 at Cosmopolitan Community Church, 5249 S. Wabash. Tom is survived by two children, Tracey and Todd Lewis; two grandchildren, Taban and Coda Lewis, and other relatives and friends. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery … Deepest sympathy to Defender photographer, Worsom Robinson, on the passing of his dad, Bobby Taylor, owner of several night clubs in Winona, Ms. Services are Saturday at Robert’s Funeral Home … Happy anniversary to Rev. and Mrs. Jesse Louis Jackson Sr. (Jacqueline) and to Dr. and Mrs. Herbert C. Harris (she’s Rev. Dr. Mildred Clopton Harris) … Birthday cheer to Dea. John London, Jan Rechord Turner, Loretta Jones, Beverly Owens, Theresa A. Dear, Lucius Swilley, Kuki Boatwright and Colleen Burchett … Usher (born Terry Raymond IV), popular singer-songwriter, dancer and actor, talks about his latest projects when he guests on Thursday’s “The Insider” on Ch. 26/WCIU-TV at 6 p.m. … Dr. Margaret Aymer, author of the 2011-12 Bible study, discusses Confessions of the Beatitudes, on Jan. 28, 10 a.m., at Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., at a Seminar & Reception. RSVP to Elder Ruby Brown, moderator of the Presbyterian Women of Chicago, at (773) 320-3902, on or before Jan. 15.

Bank On It! – Urban Partnership Bank (remember ShoreBank?) has extended its second annual “Winter Clothing Drive for Kids” through Jan. 17 at all branch locations in the Chicago area by accepting donations of gently used or new coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens that are sized for toddlers through eighth graders. Clothing collected will be distributed to human services agencies and nonprofits throughout Chicago’s underserved urban communities.

“We’re committed to creating opportunities that make a difference for people of all ages in the neighborhoods we serve,” said William Farrow, UPB’s president and CEO. “The donations will be accepted inside the lobbies at the reception desk at all locations during regular business hours. For more info about the winter clothing drive and/or the exact hours at each location, call Customer Service, (773) 420-5050.”

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