Vivian L. Kerr (225) 235-7217
Maxine Cormier (225)761-5007
For Immediate Release: October 13, 2010
The Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Announce 2011 Louisiana Role Models
Baton Rouge, LA -- The Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will honor eight Louisiana Role Models at the Sixth Annual “New Orleans Style Jazz Brunch” to be held at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center Hotel, Baton Rouge, LA., on Saturday, December 10, 2011. The theme for the event, “Celebrating the Successes of Louisiana Role Models”, highlights the accomplishments of Louisiana natives who have had a positive and insightful impact on the local, state and national level. The 2011 honorees are: Leroy Hollins, Dr. Barbara Carpenter, Dr. Elton Harrison, Eula V. Smith, Dr. Kyla Dean Pitcher, Perry Franklin, Herman Jackson, and Dr. Janet Rami. Each honoree exemplifies the thrust of The Links’ service to the community through the work of its committees: Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, Health and Human Services, and the Arts.
The Jazz Brunch is a key initiative in the organization’s efforts to raise funds to continue to offer substantive, multi-faceted programming in the Baton Rouge community. The over $70,000.00 raised over the past four years through the Jazz Brunch supports programs such as: the Rose Bud Club, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Linkages to Life, “Link Lads” Youth Connection, the Debose National Piano Competition, the Life Institute, and the Expanding the Vision Youth Conference. The Links’ programs have touched the lives of each age, gender and socio-economic group in the Baton Rouge community for over forty years, and fundraisers like the Jazz Brunch ensure that the Chapter will continue to do so in the future.
“The Jazz Brunch is successful due to the broad base of support from the community,” says Maxine Cormier, Event Chair. “We have completely sold out each year requiring us to move the event to a larger venue twice to accommodate as many of the people who want to attend as possible,” she added.
About The Links, Incorporated
The Links, Incorporated, founded in 1946, is an international, women's non-profit, social welfare and service organization. From its inception, the organization's members have been developing and implementing programs that target issues affecting its members and communities. The Links, Inc. has a membership of more than 12,000 women in 274 chapters in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Bahamas. Community service has been the corner stone of the organization’s outreach with members contributing 1.2 million documented service hours, during the past biennium, to assist communities throughout the United States, Africa and other developing countries. For the past 60 years, The Links, Incorporated has been internationally known for its programs that are focused on topics such as health, economics, education, youth, and policy efforts. Through its philanthropic arm, The Links Foundation, Incorporated, has contributed more than $25 million to charitable causes since its founding.
The Baton Rouge Chapter
Chartered on November 28, 1964, the Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is committed to implementing programs that provide opportunities for community development in partnership with local, regional, and national agencies. The accomplished and dedicated members are active in the community as role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work toward ensuring that the name “Links” is not only a chain of friendship, but also a chain of purposeful service.
Please visit our website at www.brlinksinc.org for more information.