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The Social-Lites Present the 2016 Beautillion Scholarship Foundation Ball

Donovan Ferguson

Donovan Ferguson

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- “Young Men of Valor from Vision to Reality” is the theme of the 2015/2016 “Knights of the Beautillion Candidacy.’’  Three young men from Inland Empire schools are vying for the title of “Sir Knight 2016.’’

The three senior high school students are  Elijah Little, Redlands East Valley High School in Redlands; Donovan Ferguson, Grand Terrance High School in Grand Terrance; and Royce Rogers, San Bernardino High School in San Bernardino.  These young men are currently canvassing the community for businesses and individuals who will support their efforts to become “Sir Knight 2016.”

Elijah Little

Elijah Little

The Beautillion Scholarship Foundation Program has been sponsored by the Social-Lites of San Bernardino for 49 years.  The Beautillion Scholarship program provides an opportunity for outstanding college-bound young men to participate in a series of leadership and organizational activities that prepare them to challenge their future success.  The participants have also been exposed to a variety of community, charitable, and social events that began in October 2015 and will conclude at the Beautillion Scholarship Foundation Ball on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

The college-bound participants will be awarded scholarships and other prizes during the presentation of which they will be escorted by their “fair-maidens and their Pages and Squires,” which are the future

Royce Rodgers

Royce Rodgers

“Knights of the Beautillion Scholarship Foundation Program.”

The 2016 Beautillion Chairwoman, Mrs. Edyie Tillie-Wade, and Mrs. Brenda Daniels, Co-Chair, has announced the this year’s Beautillion Scholarship Ball will be held at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

The Social-Lites Inc. are also seeking all Beautillion Alumni and participants from prior years to attend the event this year.  For more information, and to obtain invitations to the Scholarship Ball contact Mrs. Bettye Brewster Social Lites President at (951) 204-0022 or Joyce Smith- Social Lites Vice President at (909) 534-2929.

Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Ball Celebrates Academics, Community Service

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RIVERSIDE, CA – The Riverside Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hosted it s 40th Annual Black and White Scholarship Ball at the Riverside Convention Center on Saturday, March 5.  The stately gala raised thousands of dollars in support of academic scholarships and mentoring programs for local youth.

The evening began with a festive social hour, which included professional photography and disc jockey services with classic rhythm and blues music.  Welcome and introductory remarks were made by Polemarch Demarius Carmichael and Vice Polemarch Eric V. Isaac, who acknowledged community leaders and dignitaries.   Those in attendance include Danny Tillman, Member of the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education, Joanne Gilbert, Community Action Partnership Board Member, Hardy Brown II, Board Member of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Robin McIver Brown, President of the San Bernardino Valley Chapter of the Links, Inc., Tracy Tillman, President of the Inland Empire Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and Tammy Martin-Ryles, President of the Black Chamber of Commerce.

Highlights of the evening include a dance by the Kappa Omicron Court of Cal Poly Pomona and the announcement of honorees Dr. Judy White, Superintendent of the Moreno Valley Unified School District for community service, Theodore Davis, recipient of the Edward Moore Lifetime Achievement Award, and Kappa members Larry Clayton and Thomas Fisher for outstanding achievement.

Angela Clayton, President of the Riverside Alumni Chapter of the Silhouettes (wives of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. members) presented two college scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to local high school students Cynthia Price and Sierra Smith.

For more information about the Riverside Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. visit www.rackapsi.com.

Heart and Soul Line Dance Celebrates 12th Anniversary

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By Gloria J. Ingram

POMONA, CA- Heart and Soul Line Dance celebrated its’ 12th Anniversary on Saturday, March 5, at the Palomares Community Center in Pomona with a Mardi Gras theme. Harriette Coggs Stuckey, Founder/Director of the line dance organization, welcomed new and experienced line dancers to the annual event, always held on the first Saturday in March.

Soul Dance 2The festive affair was sold out well in advance. An excited crowd started gathering at the entrance around 12 noon, an hour before the doors opened for admission. Many line dancers were dressed in green, purple, and/or gold…Mardi Gras colors, as well as costumes, including several ladies wearing a tri-colored tutu! Approximately 200 enthusiastic line dancers seemed to always rush to the dance floor as songs were played for popular and standard line dances. A King and Queen presided over the event. King Ulric Jones and his Queen, Jean Woods wore royal regali, both wearing a crown, he in a royal robe and sash, she wearing a sash, beads and gold fringed attire led the diverse crowd of revelers in a customary “Second Line.” The room seemed to reach a higher level of brightness because of so many happy, smiling faces. And, the floor seemed to reverberate as partygoers energetically stepped, pranced, and danced around, up and down the dance floor to lively music.Soul Dance 1

One of the many highlights enjoyed by all was a delicious soul food meal of BBQ chicken, red beans and rice, collard greens, and peach cobbler prepared by Executive Chef Terry Cleveland. Other highlights included, awarding gift cards as door prizes and a generous donation to the American Heart Association from the proceeds of a Money Raffle.

Heart and Soul Line Dance class members from Beaumont, Eastvale, Fontana, Menifee, Pomona, Rialto, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Walnut were well represented. The Line Dance Family at-large was also well represented by members of other line dance companies i.e. Jus Dancin, Marva Black and her L.A. Country Strutters, LA and Natalie Kelley, K- Stepmobile, L A. Others came from the Bay Area i.e. Novella Peterson, Shirley Jefferson, and Yvonne Carnelus. Congratulations to Harriette Coggs Stuckey for another stellar celebration of bringing line dance to so many throughout the Inland Empire and the San Gabriel Valley.