Erie County Chapter of the LINKS, Incorporated

Community Service

Dress for Success ♦ Dream Wedding ♦ Gregory Hines Forever Stamp

Erie County (NY) Chapter of The Links, Inc., Supports Dress For Success

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Patricia E. Baxter (The Erie County (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated) and Theresa McDonald (Volunteer, Dress For Success Buffalo)

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015 a van filled to capacity with business-like attire and shoes donated by members of The Erie County (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, was presented to the Dress For Success Buffalo staff. The initiative supports the ongoing efforts of this non-profit organization and the overall mission of The Links, Incorporated, on a national level. Locally, the Chapter (National Trends and Services Facet, Women's Issues) will continue to support the various projects sponsored by Dress for Success Buffalo.

The Chapter's support will help to embrace the Program's efforts to effectively transform the lives of women within the WNY area. The Links has partnered with the Women's Veterans Program and the Minority Veterans Program Committee at the VA Western New York Healthcare System, Buffalo, NY, to identify female Veterans for referrals. Project Lead: Jaqueline Stover–Stitts . Chapter President, Joyce Harrington.

Erie County Chapter helps Make Dream of Terminal Patient Come True
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On Saturday, November 1, 2014 Erie County Chapter members, family, friends and supporters, witnessed the vow exchange of Albert J. Lewis and Dorothy A. Lissmore held at the VAWNY Healthcare System, Buffalo, NY. Joining their lives as one was a dream fulfilled for the couple after 17 years and knowing that the groom's life was shortened due to a terminal illness.

Three days before the wedding, Link Fern E. Beavers, an advanced practice nurse, had an opportunity to meet the bride to be, to discuss her wedding plans. Fern and Dorothy created a wish list. Some of the items identified included a wedding gown, shoes, bridal veil, bouquet, champagne glasses, apple juice to fill the champagne glasses, cake and cake cutter, decorations, music and food. She also needed bridesmaids. Without hesitating Fern told Dorothy she would be honored to be her bridesmaid adding that her Link Sister, Gladys Diji, would serve as her other bridesmaid. Fern immediately contacted chapter president, Joyce Harrington and shared Dorothy's story.

The chapter provided the wedding gown, food and supplies for the toast. The compassion and generosity shown by the chapter can best be described by a quote from…Winston Churchill – We make a living not by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

Unveiling of Entertainer Gregory Hines Forever Stamp

The Links, Incorporated – Erie County (NY) Chapter partnered with the U.S. Postal Service and Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts , Tuesday, February 5, 2019 as the community gathered to witness the unveiling of the 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series. The 42nd stamp honors the legacy of entertainer Gregory Hines

Gregory Hines’ unique talents as a jazz tap dancer, singer, actor, musician and “creator of improvised tap choreography”, was reenacted by the students of Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts as they presented a stellar performance which included music, singing and dance.

Agnes Fletcher, The Arts Facet Chair commended the partners for such an inaugural Black History Month Program –“ the celebration reinforced the goal of The Links, Incorporated which is to produce and support programs to enrich the quality of life of our youth and communities through educational, engaging arts integration and sowing the seed of creativity deeper in our community”.

A special thanks to The U.S. Postal Service Staff : Jean Lovejoy – WNY District Manager - Terry Morrow – WNY Sr Plant Manager - Rhonda Spates-Benton – Buffalo Plant Manager - Roselle Murelle – Postmaster City of Buffalo

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Unveiling of Entertainer Gregory Hines Forever Stamp Unveiling of Entertainer Gregory Hines Forever Stamp