Community leaders honored during Links Regional

caines | 5/16/2013, 5:30 a.m.

[gallery link="file" orderby="title"] Community leaders honored during Links RegionalFive South Florida leaders were honored last Thursday during The Links 42nd Southern Area Conference in Miami. Nearly 500 women dedicated to service through friendship honored the individuals at the biennial civic luncheon who have influenced the Miami community through their contributions. Honorees were selected representing the organization's five programming areas which include: Services to Youth, Arts, National Trends and Service, International Trends and Service and Health and Human Services. The awards presented during the luncheon were specially designed by renowned artist Carl B. Latimore, whose creativity graces the 22nd stamp in the U.S. Postal Services African American Heritage series. Held May 8-12, the civic luncheon was one of several activities attended by members representing Links' chapters in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Nassau, Bahamas headquartered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Miami. During the luncheon, guests enjoyed a keynote address by the organizations national president, Margot J. Copeland, in addition to a jazz performance by local artist Maryel Epps. During the five-day event, members of the organization strategized on ways to further implement innovative and transformational programming in local communities. The conference kicked off with a community service project aimed at increasing awareness for organ and tissue donation among minorities. The Links, Incorporated is built upon a foundation of service through friendship, said Southern Area Director Eneid A. Francis. It is an honor to highlight the achievements of individuals in our host city who work to better the lives of their community. Our honorees reflect the powerful impact one individual can make to effect change in the world around them. This year's honorees included: Congresswoman Frederica J. Wilson, founder of 5000 Role Models of Excellence; Peter London, founder of the Global Dance Theater; Garth C. Reeves, Sr., Publisher Emeritus of The Miami Times; Lorna Owens, founder of Footprints Foundation; and Andrea Ivory, founder and executive editor of the Womens Breast Initiative. Miami Times staff reportPhotos courtesy Gregory Reed