willie-pearl-porter_3_web.jpgMiami shores — It was a glorious, festive evening in a ballroom bedecked in black and gold and with honoree and attendees dressed in those colors, as well.


Grand dame Willie Pearl Porter, surrounded by family and friends, celebrated her milestone 100th birthday at the Miami Shores Country Club last Saturday Oct. 8. The celebration was given in her honor by her children, Albert and Laurestine Porter.

The new centenarian was the belle of the ball as she reveled in the attention lavished upon her by her guests. Her favorite band, Instant Attraction, performed requested “oldies” to her delight as she nodded and clapped to the beat of the music.

Porter, a retired nurse and educator, received many outstanding tributes, including presentations from President & Mrs. Barack Obama, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, Florida’s Gov. Scott and Lt. Gov. Carroll, state Rep. Cynthia Stafford, the City of Miami, and her beloved Miami Dolphins.

The honoree, addressing her guests, remarked with her ever quick wit, “my legs may not be as strong as they once were, but my mind is as sharp as a tack!” And indeed it is!

On Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Church of the Incarnation, Mrs. Porter was the recipient of a special award bestowed on her by the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.

Photo: Willie Pearl Porter