MADISON — The Madison Metropolitan Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will hold its Third Annual Community Recognition & Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, December 8, starting with a social hour at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at the Madison Marriott West. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.madisonlinksinc.org for $45 per person or $360 for a table of eight.
In August 2012, the Chapter celebrated 27 years of service to the Madison Metropolitan Community. The Chapter has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to college-bound African-American students and U.S. Savings Bonds to middle school African-American students. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Chapter's scholarship fund.
During the 2012 luncheon, five community members and one organization will be honored:
• Clara Franklin - "Community Leader"
• Rev. Alexander Gee, Jr. - Pastor, Fountain of Life Church
• Gale D. Johnson - Director of Wisconsin Well Women Program
• Cora White - Founder of Foster Care Children & Family Fund
• Robert Wynn - Founder and President of Asset Builders of America, Inc.
• 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. - Community/Civic Group
The Links, Incorporated, founded in 1946, is an international, not-for-profit corporation. It is a volunteer service organization of women committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 274 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Shahanna McKinney Baldon, Chief Diversity Officer of the Madison Metropolitan School District, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon.
McKinney-Baldon was appointed to her current position earlier in 2012 after having served in positions with the Milwaukee Public Schools and being integrally involved in social justice issues and organizations in the Milwaukee area.
McKinney-Baldon holds a master's degree in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.