linda-johnson.jpgAdmirers of the late Gerald A. Williams, Palm Beach County’s beloved community servant, gathered for fun and fellowship on the fairway at the President Country Club in West Palm Beach last month to support the Gerald A. Williams Esq. Legacy Foundation Charity Open.

Philanthropic South Floridians attended the annual golf tournament to raise funds for the endowed memorial scholarships established in 2010 and 2011 to benefit Florida students, and to honor the late Williams’ commitment to education, law and the community.  Golfers enjoyed a great game under beautiful skies, while other attendees socialized and relaxed. The Host Committee members, led by Carolyn L. Williams (widow), were ecstatic for yet another successful event and have already begun to plan for next year.


Commitment to youth was celebrated in downtown Miami at Camillus House on Oct. 25 at URGENT Inc.’s annual luncheon fundraiser.  Enthusiastic supporters joined the organization’s leaders and staff to fete several dedicated individuals for their work to empower children living in communities that need transformation:  City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones; Jason Pitman of Touching Miami With Love;   University of Miami’s Dr. Guerda Nicolas and J.C. Del Valle; parent booster Caridad Gutierrez; and Tanisha Fleming, star of the film Keeping it On, who was named Youth of the Year. Additionally, Shedia Nelson, received the Staff of the Year award.  Lending their talents to the event were Jim Defede, of CBS4 Miami, as emcee; keynote speaker Miami- Dade County Deputy Mayor Russell Benford; and Martha Whisby Wells, who performed a stirring rendition of The Greatest Love of All. Among those seen on the scene were:  URGENT Inc.’s Vice President Saliha Nelson, Timothy Barber, Tina Brown, Andrea Fleming, Cari Hernandez, Derek Jackson, and Marcos Lapciuc.


Broward County went back in time as the ladies of Chi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and their patrons, enjoyed old school music from the 70s on Oct. 25 at their annual Throwback Party at the  Plantation Preserve Country Club..  Adorned in bell bottoms, dashikis, Afro wigs, high top fades and go-go boots, more than 70 AKAs and friends danced to oldies by the Temptations, OJays, Spinners, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Jackson 5, Smokey and the Miracles, and many others. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction and delicious cuisine. This annual event is co-sponsored with the A Plus Foundation Inc., the chapter’s charitable arm. Proceeds will benefit scholarships to deserving, talented high school students. A groovy job well done by Barbara Thomas, Michelle Parrish-Green, Veronica Phillips, and Luwando Wright.

Linda J. Johnson, a Miami native, is a veteran educator with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, a certified etiquette consultant, and also serves on nonprofit boards in the community. She can be reached at