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Chicago Carats celebrate Christmas at annual ‘Dine & Dance’ party Christmas Carats – Lauren Williams

Gore, president of the Chicago Chapter of The Carats Inc., and 16 of her sister members are only days away — and counting! — from their annual “Dine and Dance The Night Away” celebration of Christmas on Saturday at the prestigious down- town Union League Club. Joining Lauren (BTW this scribe’s fav- o-rite God daughter) as hostesses of the “black tie” affair are Sandra L. Few, the organiza- tion’s national president, and Barbara E. Pinder, its national secretary.


The 15-chapter group is comprised of more than 350 distinguished and accomplished women who are dedicated to community service and charitable giving initiatives. Their mission: to promote civic, educational and social involvement in local communities and to contribute annually to a local charity in the city of one of its chapters. Other Windy City “glam gals” hosting the complimentary evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing and fun are Jacqueline Triche Atkins, Dorothy Avant, Tracey Alston, Stephanie Cole, Carolyn Kidd Harper, Beatrice Haynes, Paula Jones, Willie Legardy, Antoinette McAllister, Carlotta McCoy, Sherby McCrowey, DeLois Mix, Deveeree Morgan, Carol Sagers, Norma Sanders, Rita Wilson and Gwendolyn West.

Saturday Special – Now, earlier on

Saturday, members of the South Suburban Chicago Chapter of The Links Inc. (“Linked in Friendship; Connected in Service”) led by Joyce A. Carter, president, will come togeth- er with kin, friends and loyal supporters to “Get in the Holiday Groove,” at a Luncheon & Concert at the Odyssey Country Club in south suburban Tinley Park. The $100 per person green and white invite, which is shaped like a CD and cover and embellished with Christmas graphics, heralds Con Funk Shun as the event headliner. Also printed on the CD cover, songs made famous by the group: Ffunny Ffriends, Love’s Train, Shake and Dance With Me, Chase Me and (Let Me Put) Love on Your Mind. Nadine Dejohnette chairs, and Michelle Lee-Murrah co-chairs. The Links Inc., founded in 1946, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organ- izations of African American women commit-

ted to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

Morning Music – Glitz & Glamour is the suggested morning attire when Southside Friends of Chicago Sinfonietta host its annual Magical Holiday Breakfast, a fundraiser chaired by Sharon Scott on Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m.-noon, in Navy Pier’s Crystal Ballroom. Theme: Lights! Camera! Action! – The Music of Motion Pictures.


Program features: Chicago SInfonietta Classical Ensemble, George Cooper on key- board; Deborah Rountree, soprano; Sizzling Strings, Sylvia de la Cerna, a silent auction and door prizes.

Among other party Wilson

planners: Renee Butler, Steve Baskerville, Joyce Grey, Cheri Chappelle, Paul Freeman, Mei-Ann Chen, Audrey Tuggle, Sheila Tucker, Barbara Wright Pryor,

Jacqueline Moore, Joyce M. Norman, Rita Wilson, Gwendolyn Ritchie and Joyce Occomy Stricklin. Donations: $2,000, donors’ table of 10; $1,000, benefactor’s table; $750, patron’s table, and $65 for a sin- gle seat. Call (312) 236-3681.

Gold Party – Public relations guru Tracey

Alston (of the Danielle Ashley Group) cele- brates her golden (50th) b’day on Dec. 10., 6:30-11 p.m., at DuSable Museum while raising funds for alzheimer’s, a disease from which her mom, Freddia Daniel, a 28-year teacher with bachelor’s and a master’s degree, suffers. Tracey is asking guests to bring a minimum $25 tax- deductible donation (check, cash or credit card) payable to the Alzeheimer’s Association, the leading global voluntary health group in alzheimer’s care and support

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B’DAY BONUS – Marie Slaughter-Brown, retired educator, is flanked by her two sons, Brian and Greg Slaughter, at her 80th birthday celebration, “Passport: Around the World in 80 Years,” a most lovely dinner-party at the Oak Lawn Hilton. Close to 200 mostly life- long friends of the hon- oree were at the soiree that featured “live” entertainment, ”non- stop” dancing, “lots and

lots of fun, fun, fun” and toasts galore! Defender/Theresa Fambro Hooks

and the largest private nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research. Black tie is optional; gala attire is preferred. The night will also include a performance by a surprise artist. RSVP: Denise Spencer (312) 470-0270, ext. 2006.

Newsy Names – Kenny Johnson, who’s eyeing the 26th District State Rep.’s seat on the Democratic ballot, will greet potential sponsors at a fundraiser this Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., at Park 52. Some already on board: Napoleon Harris, Rick Johnson, Marty King, Spencer and Donna Leak, Jonathan Jackson, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), Commissioners Larry Rogers Jr. and Robert Steele ... Lazell Harris, an official of the American Bridge Ass’n, is inviting “Teesee’s Town” readers to meet new friends, have fun and enjoy the challenge of playing bridge – “a game for a lifetime” — at Midwest Bridge Unit, 1420 E. 87th St. (at Dante). Call (773) 375-0422 and speak to whomever answers about ABA/MBU activities and classes ... Friday evening, radio/TV personality Bionce’ Fox, along with Reggie Wells, Oprah’s long-time make-up artist; and Kai Morae of the hit reality show, The Real McCoy, co-host “A Holiday Beauty Extravaganza: Make-Up & Martinis” at Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center, 1060 E. 47th St., 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets: $25 ... Happy b’day to Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow, Rev. Steven Saunders, Effie Rolfe, Michael Woods, Charles Hobson, Francine Smith, Judy Johnson Barnes, Betty Smith, Sanetta George Johnson, Carolyn Tucker, Dionne Williams, Rev. John E. Jackson, Barbara Anderson, Kimberly Stephens,

Corey Miller, Pam Love and Mary Swopes.

Celebrate Giving! – The Calahan Foundation, a not-for-profit, takes on “Celebrating Giving,” a holiday fundraiser for scholarships, coats and toys, on Friday, 7 p.m., at UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., spotlighting live performances by Mint Condition & Avery Sunshine. Admission: $40-$55 or gently used coats.www.calahan- Host: Edric Calahan For more information call 773-723-3079.

Hats Off – to Dr. Willie Wilson, who has gifted yet another financial blessing on the 77-year-old Chicago Baptist Institute, 51st and King Dr., during its 30th annual banquet at Condesa Del Mar. Having just recently assumed the role of CBI’s board chair and erasing a debt of $200,000, Wilson prevented the institution from being foreclosed upon by giving another $40,000, bringing his total to $130,000 in just three-weeks. We hear that some 2,000 guests attended the event, includ- ing Gov. Pat Quinn, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Bobbie Steele, former Cook County board president; Deborah Sims and Robert Steele, county commissioners; and Cong. Danny K. Davis. Also among the attendees: Justice Joy Cunningham, up for reelection to the Ill. Supreme Court; Spencer and Henrietta Leak, owners of Leak & Sons Funeral Home dynasty; Rev. Tyrone Crider and Rev. Leonard DeVille. Dr. Wilson rendered vocals backed by his 18-piece orchestra, but it was award-winning songstress Vickie Winans who rocked the house and had guests “dancin’ in the aisles.”

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