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Dr. Richard Strachan | 7/17/2014, 9 a.m.
Dennis Fruitt, director, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, was asked by Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder of the Historical Hampton House ...

Dennis Fruitt, director, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, was asked by Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder of the Historical Hampton House Trust, to conduct a workshop on “Strategic Planning for The Second Century. Fruitt was welcomed by HHHT Board including Pinkney, President, Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson along with many community leaders including: Edward Harris, Dr. Edward G. Robinson, Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte, Dr. Larry Capp, Ruby Rayford, Juanita Johnson and Margaret Saunders. The workshop was held in the boardroom of the Church of the Open Door. Fruitt asked each members and participants to explain his/her reason for working with the HHHT while commending them for their involvement and knowledge of its history. Fruitt addressed the workshop on the topics of perseverance, engagement, dependency, and finances. His approach got the attention of the group as the group fired back with

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solutions. Harris demonstrated how emotion triggers listening. During the break, Dena Pinkney surprised the group by serving hors d’oeuvres and punch. Following the workshop a plaque for outstanding service was presented to Fruitt.

James Fayson with assistance from wife, Margie, orchestrated the King of Clubs 14th annual Black and White Gala. As guests entered the banquet room they were given their table numbers and informed that a cash bar was available for those interested. Guests found a picturesque scene overlooking Miami Beach with music provided by the Psi Phi band. After cocktails, guests moved inside where they were welcomed by Fayson followed by Harvey Lockhart who shared “words of wisdom.” The program featured Wanda Williams, Marie Bloomfield and the Starlites who came on stage dancing, waving hello to the guests dressed in black sequin gowns. They took the audience by surprise.

Dinner was served with a choice of prime ribs, or chicken. Dining was followed by dance time with Mary A. Thomas, Veronica Rahming, Dr. Cynthia Clark and Charlayne Thompkins first on the dance floor, followed by many others dancing to old and new school music which of course included The Wobble. Congratulations to Thelma Wilson who won the door prize of a vacation package.