25th Anniversary Wintery Wonderland Gala REVIEW

Featured Entertainment by Doug E. Fresh

Hosted by Art Van Furniture

Detroit, Mich., January 2013 – We all Experienced a glamorous evening of whimsical wonder and nostalgia at the Renaissance Chapter of The Links, Incorporated’s 25th anniversary Wintery Wonderland Gala hosted by Art Van Furniture, on Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 6:00-10:00 PM at Art Van Furniture‘s Warren location.

The winter wonderland themed evening offered over 850 guests, a second-to-none experience beginning with a VIP “White Carpet” reception and the opportunity to enjoy extraordinary strolling food delights and signature cocktails followed by dancing and a live performance by Doug E. Fresh, the musical innovator best known for multi-platinum hits “The Show” and “La Di Da Di”.

Proceeds from the Wonderland event supported the programs of The Renaissance Chapter (MI) of The Links. The Renaissance Chapter is dedicated to developing significant and transformational programs which educate, strengthen and assist the physical, mental and financial condition of women and children by guiding them towards healthy and positive lifestyle choices.  We look forward to our next event to keep our service commitment to the community, vibrant and substantive.  We thank you for your support and interest. 

Wintery Wonderland was hosted by Art Van Furniture and chaired by Event co-chairs Linda Forte and Vivian Rogers Pickard. The Mistress of Ceremonies was WDIV- Channel 4’s news anchor, and member of the Renaissance Chapter of Links, Rhonda Walker.  Sponsors for this event included Art Van Furniture, AVL, Bank of America, Beaumont Hospital, Bridgewater Interiors, Cambridge Property & Casualty, Chemico Mays, Central Michigan University, Clark Hill PLC Law Firm, Comerica Bank, Compuware, Diageo North America, Domino’s Pizza, DTE, Fifth Third Bank, Forte Belanger Catering, General Motors, Great Lakes Wine and Spirits, Grey Goose, Henry Ford Health System, Hour Detroit, Illitch Holdings, James Group International, Jacob & Weingarten, JR Turnbull Communications, Macy’s, Marriott Renaissance Center, Meijer, MGM Grand, Motor City Casino, Quicken Loans, Rodgers Chevrolet, St. John Health System, Suburban Collection; Steinberg, Shapiro & Clark, World of Floors, Motor City Casino and Yazaki North America.



[The information contained below, was relative to the Winter Wonderland event and Published weeks prior to the November 4, 2012 date.]

“We are thrilled to celebrate The Renaissance Links 25th Year Anniversary by partnering with Art Van Furniture for such a magical evening,” said Renaissance Chapter President Wendy Turner Lewis. “The funds raised are crucial to assist us in our service programming that positivity impact children and families across Southeastern Michigan!”

Funds raised at this event will support a variety of its metro-Detroit programs, including:

  • A partnership with Rotary International and Pro-Literacy Detroit to address Adult Literacy, by expanding the number of volunteer literacy coaches and teach nearly 375,000 Detroit adults who read below the 4th grade level . . . or not at all.
  • A partnership with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, where chapter members teach Detroit public elementary and middle school students a program entitled, “Healthy Kids and Kidneys,” which addresses the national childhood obesity epidemic by teaching students healthier food choices and the importance of physical activity.
  • A program entitled “Girl Stars!” which, in partnership with Detroit’s Redford Academy, chapter members assist young women in high school in their career and professional development by empowering and mentoring them.
  • A continuation of its ongoing 8-year program entitled “L’Ecole La Dignite” (School Dignity) where the chapter provides lunch, books and supplies to an elementary school in Haiti.
  • Providing health education for high-risk uninsured and underinsured Detroit citizens.
  • A partnership with The Sphinx Organization to recruit metro-Detroit student musicians to compete in “Sphinx Stars: Detroit,” to assist with audience development for the Sphinx/DSO Finals Event and to provide a classical music curricula to local Detroit public schools.

A recent donation from the Renaissance Chapter and The Links, Incorporated to Focus HOPE has funded its career preparation, planning and education resource center.

Through a shared commitment to the children of Detroit and their success in school, the Renaissance Chapter has received numerous awards for their programs Most recently, The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links has been honored for its initial vision and donation of $250,000.00 to the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit to develop an exhibit at the Museum to showcase African Americans in Science and Technology. The exhibit entitled ”Inspiring Minds; African American in Science and Technology” is set to open November 2012.

Tickets for this event cost $100.00 and can be purchased by visiting renaissancelinks.org or by contacting the Renaissance Links @ renaissancelinks@gmail.com. A variety of sponsorships are available beginning at $1,000.00. For additional information about the event or sponsorships, visit www.renaissancelinks.org.

The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links Incorporated

The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was established in 1987. It is a civic organization whose members are accomplished women of African descent, linked in friendship and service.  The chapter is committed to positively impacting outcomes affecting persons in the Greater Detroit Area.  The Renaissance Chapter, based in Greater Detroit, is part of The Links, Incorporated, an international, not-for-profit 60-year old corporation, with 12,000 members and 276 chapters.  Its members represent significant influence, power and wealth in their communities. The Links, Incorporated is one of the nation’s oldest and largest charitable organizations of women of African descent who are devoted to serving the community.



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