Left to right, First Row: Alyana Smith-McFee, Monica Deshay, Meredyth Floyd, Gabrielle Davenport, Ashlee Wood, Megan Frank, Brandon Taylor, Erica Lang; Second Row: Asya Brown, Channing Carney-Filmore, Erica Parker, Natassija Jordan-Oliver, Alexis Brown, Shevonne May, Naomi Thompson; Third Row: Albrey Bristo-Brown, Keir Abrams, Kennedy Welch, Wade Lloyd Robinson, Anthony Trainor, Clinton Hill, Xhjyl Kelley-Gossett, Allen Williams, II, Justin Scott; Fourth Row: Chad Washington, David Thomas, Jr., Philip Forestant, Blake Terrell, Jason Anderson, Lawrence Mays McDonald and G’bari GIlliam.
The Oakland Bay Area Chapter of the Links, Inc., hosted its 55th Annual Cotillion at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel on Dec. 18.
The magic of “A Legacy of Elegance” honored 15 debutantes, escorts and their families for their commitment to leadership, community service and academic achievement. The event, with nearly 700 guests in attendance, was emceed by Tracy Porter and Oakland Bay Area Links President Thywara (Terri) Porter.
“For the young adults, this transformative process unfolds by the acquisition of skills to navigate new challenges and opportunities,” said Diane Harris-Wilson, this year’s Cotillion chair.
The Links, Inc., is an international volunteer organization founded in 1946 in Philadelphia and based on a commitment to friendship, service and sisterhood in 250 chapters. The Oakland Bay Area chapter has a legacy of service that spans 60 years. Through its philanthropic efforts, the Links has awarded over $1 million and volunteered nearly 200,000 hours. Read more