Bullying has been a growing problem threatening the well being of our youth amongst all the other concerns facing them. As one of their initiatives The South Suburban Chicago (IL) Chapter (SSCC) of The Links, Incorporated held their Annual Program and Scholarship Luncheon over the holidays to raise money for Bullying and Childhood obesity at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. There were over 700 guests in attendance to kickoff Links festive Holiday Season with music by the popular and celebrated SOS Band. “Each year, it is a privilege to plan and implement such an amazing community event”, said Nadine DeJohnette, Fundraising Chair.
Funds generated directly support programs and scholarships in the Southland community. This event procured the sponsorships of FSH, Sutton Ford, Macy’s, Walgreens and State Farm Insurance. The organization also welcomed the presence and underwriting of Angelica’s Bakery. In recognition of a longtime community partnership, the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network attended and supported the academic scholarship initiative.
“In addition to providing transformational programs in The Arts, STEM Education, and supplying Survival Kits to Haiti, SSCC believes young qualified high school graduates should not be denied a college education because of inadequate funds. Therefore, we continue to educate and mentor young inquisitive minds,” stated Joyce Carter, President. Since 2005, the chapter issued more than $100,000 in renewable Scholarships. SSCC greatly appreciates the community support for the Annual Fundraiser.
The South Suburban Chicago Chapter celebrates 38 years of service as the Home Chapter of the 14th National President, Gwendolyn B. Lee. Since the founding SSCC continues to transform and make a difference within the Southland Community. As one of the eight chapters in the Chicago Area, the fifty-five members serve through Five Program Facets:
Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, Health and Human Services, International Trends and Services and The Arts.
The Links, Incorporated not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946 is the premier service organization of volunteer women made of nearly 14,000 volunteer women internationally. The professional women of color volunteer in 280 chapters, located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation.