Links Cotillion Set For Saturday

Meet the Debutantes!

Jetaun Marie Booker Dau. Danielle Gilliam and John Booker Escorted by Malik Hunt

Jetaun Marie Booker
Dau. Danielle Gilliam and John Booker
Escorted by Malik Hunt

Katelyn Card Dau. Mr. and Mrs. Corwin  and Wylia Hartman and Brian Card Escorted by Armani Jackson

Katelyn Card
Dau. Mr. and Mrs. Corwin
and Wylia Hartman and Brian Card
Escorted by Armani Jackson

Melia Gail Cobb Dau. Ms. Lisa Cobb Escorted by Demonte Jackson

Melia Gail Cobb
Dau. Ms. Lisa Cobb
Escorted by Demonte Jackson

Brooklynn Cooper Dau. Ms. Debra Cooper and John Cooper Escorted by Saxton Simmons

Brooklynn Cooper
Dau. Ms. Debra Cooper and John Cooper
Escorted by Saxton Simmons

The Phoenix Chapter of the Links, Inc. 2016 Cotillion will certainly be unforgettable with fifteen of the most talented and scholarly young ladies from high schools throughout the Valley being presented to society. The 2016 Cotillion will be held at the Mesa Marriott, 200 W Centennial Way, on March 26, at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the website www.phoenixlinksinc.org

Anisha Lea Ann Cotton Dau. Drs. Rick and Deborah Cotton Escorted by Anthony Crump

Anisha Lea Ann Cotton
Dau. Drs. Rick and Deborah Cotton
Escorted by Anthony Crump

Providing the leadership for this year’s cotillion is president Linda Grooms Walton, along with the Cotillion chairperson, Lovie West. The event mistress and master of ceremonies are Ms. Susan Casper and Mr. Marion Kelley, and the honorary chairs are Julia C. Patrick and Cloves C. Campbell, Jr.

Brianna Naomi Gaskins Dau. Mr. Randy and Rev. Tonya V. Taylor Escorted by Travion Ayers

Brianna Naomi Gaskins
Dau. Mr. Randy and Rev. Tonya V. Taylor
Escorted by Travion Ayers

According to the cotillion chairperson Lovie West, “We continue the African village tradition of our ancestors in establishing a village rearing our children. And the Phoenix Chapter of the Links, Inc. has answered that call through a history of cotillions.” This is evidenced through the series of activities in which the debutantes have engaged. The cotillion season begins with members of the chapter interviewing prospective candidates. A set of activities is planned for the young ladies throughout the season.

Nyomi Hudson Dau. Judge Wilbur and Olivia Hudson Escorted by Anteaus Verdene

Nyomi Hudson
Dau. Judge Wilbur and Olivia Hudson
Escorted by Anteaus Verdene

The traditional mother-daughter tea is one of the first events. The festive affair provided the Links with an opportunity to become better acquainted with the debutantes and their mothers. The event is also a time for sharing an overview of the cotillion program, its goals, and objectives. Among other activities are a poise and etiquette luncheon, hosted this season at Dillard’s Scottsdale Fashion Square and a career and finance workshop that features a number of professional speakers in both areas.

Jaida Marqui Jackson Campbell Dau. Jamesha Jackson and Kevin Campbell Escorted by Kendrick Isaiah Jerome Stevenson

Jaida Marqui Jackson Campbell
Dau. Jamesha Jackson and Kevin Campbell
Escorted by Kendrick Isaiah Jerome Stevenson

Another highlight was the Annual Living History Program, which was held at the South Phoenix Kroc Center and was co-sponsored by the Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and The Gamma Mu Boule of Phoenix, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. For this event, the debutantes joined with the teens of Jack and Jill to form six teams, which had the task of interviewing and honoring six local noteworthy media individuals.

Alicia Jordon Jamison Dau. Alexander B. and Dana A. Jamison Escorted by Braxton Lee Underwood

Alicia Jordon Jamison
Dau. Alexander B. and Dana A. Jamison
Escorted by Braxton Lee Underwood

Other activities included the traditional fun-filled debutante-escort part and the debutantes attended the Arizona Black Rodeo held earlier this month. The debutantes also engaged in a community service project by participating in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, in conjunction with the Coalition of Blacks against Breast Cancer.

Alyssa Jones Dau. Randy Jones and Dr. JoAnne Curry Escorted by Sterling Cornelius Leverett

Alyssa Jones
Dau. Randy Jones and Dr. JoAnne Curry
Escorted by Sterling Cornelius Leverett

To conclude the activities, this year for the first time, the young ladies participated in a Rites of Passage ceremony a few days prior to the cotillion. The event acknowledged and celebrated their transition into womanhood by their mothers and the members of the Links. Scholarships and awards were presented at the conclusion of the event.

Tyler Joulean Kyser Dau. Yoroba Russell and Anthony Kyser Escorted by Chase Alexander Steed

Tyler Joulean Kyser
Dau. Yoroba Russell and Anthony Kyser
Escorted by Chase Alexander Steed

In addition to their scheduled activities, the debutantes also participated in a number of weekly rehearsals with choreographer Ms. Gina Stephens in preparation for the culminating event, The Unforgettable Princess Cotillion. The event is Saturday, March 26 and information and tickets are online at www. phoenixlinksinc.org.

Anne Akosua Durowaa Okrah Dau. Dr. Peter and Mrs. Angel Okrah Escorted by Justin Calil Lupoe

Anne Akosua Durowaa Okrah
Dau. Dr. Peter and Mrs. Angel Okrah
Escorted by Justin Calil Lupoe

Ayanna Nichole Peterson Dau. Mr. and Mrs. Akil and Marsheric Peterson Escorted by Quari Thomas

Ayanna Nichole Peterson
Dau. Mr. and Mrs. Akil and Marsheric Peterson
Escorted by Quari Thomas

Ashleigh Small Dau. Ms. Stephanie Small Escorted by Alec Brandon Delafield

Ashleigh Small
Dau. Ms. Stephanie Small
Escorted by Alec Brandon Delafield

Sabriya Cianné Smith Dau. Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Anna Smith Escorted by Jonathan Miles Johnson

Sabriya Cianné Smith
Dau. Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Anna Smith
Escorted by Jonathan Miles Johnson

 

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