- Faith & Family
Miami Times staff report
The Miami Chapter of Cupidettes Club is hosting its 40th Anniversary Scholarship Dinner-Dance on Feb. 16th, which will be held at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles Beach. Each year, the chapter’s Scholarship Assistance Program benefits from the proceeds of this fundraiser. Last year’s awards were given to the following Miami-Dade high school students: Quaneisha Washington, Aaron Mitchell and Aliah Rutledge. Each student received $700 in scholarship assistance. In addition to the $700 scholarship, Rutledge won the National Cupidettes scholarship award, as well.
Miami Cupidettes have awarded over $65,000 in scholarship assistance since the group was established in 1973 as a strong and viable arm of the National Organization of Cupidettes Club, Inc., a national organization of women, who are committed to helping others achieve their goals while rendering service to those who are less fortunate. The club’s mission is to raise the standard of civic life, increase interest in charity involvement and enhance social activity within the local communities of its members.
The Miami Chapter awards scholarship assistance to students in the Miami-Dade and Broward County areas, who are either graduating from high school or currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college or university program. The scholarships are named in honor of its founders: Esterlene Colebrook, Sybil Johnson and the late Dorene Afford. Colebrook and Johnson remain active members in the chapter and still participate in its programs and activities, along with founding member, Frankie White. Mary Ambrose is president of the local chapter.