1st Heart Truth "Red Dress" Luncheon was held on February 21, 2010 at the Sierra Lakes Golf Course in Fontana, CA. Since it's inception, this event has grown and on February 29, 2020 the chapter will be holding it's 10th Annual Luncheon at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and ConferenceCenter. The theme, Heart Felt Truth, symbolizes how important heart health is to women. More women will die of heart disease than any other illness. This event is one of our major fundraisers to help with our awarding of scholarships to deserving students of African-American and African descent. and to work with our other programs. Over the past six years the chapter has awarded over $85,000.00 in scholarships. Our focus on community service, educational programs and scholarship endeavors is important in the preparation of our youth to compete in an ever-changing global society.
The Links, Incorporated’s 17th National President, Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard was the Keynote Speaker at The Claremont Area Chapter of The Links, Incorporated’s 9th Annual Red Dress Luncheon. The event was held at the Ontario Airport Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The event was well attended by Links, dignitaries, family, and friends.
This signature fundraiser is held to raise awareness on mental, emotional, and physical health issues directly related to women, and especially women of color and also to support our scholarships and programs. This event is a true example of sisterhood and the chapter working together as one group supporting the event. The members entered the room to the song, “We Are Family, I’ve Got All My Sisters With Me” and this set the tone for the afternoon of fun and fellowship.
The MC of the luncheon was Dr. Soraya Coley, President of Cal Poly Pomona, and alumna member of The Links, Incorporated. Dr. Coley transitioned the luncheon with facts about college students and their needs.
Madame President, Kimberly Jeffries Leonard spoke on the topic of Women’s Health and why it is so important to be aware of your body and what is happening to it.
Our guest speaker was Dr. Joshua Coney, Cardiologist from Loma Linda University Medical Center, in Loma Linda CA. Dr. Coney gave the history on Africans and why we as descendants of Africans carry the genes that cause heart issues, diabetes, and high blood pressure. He gave sound advice on what we can do to ward off these diseases and live long healthy lives.
The Claremont Chapter is so grateful to our sponsors, CA State Senator Connie Leyva, 20th District and Panaroma Properties, who have been a sponsor for the last 3 years. We are planning and looking forward to hosting this event next year.
Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States of America says it perfectly, “Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” Through service to our community, The Claremont Area Chapter is making that difference.
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