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Friends and Neighbors: Booker T. Washington alumni to hold banquet

Bea L. Hines
Bea L. Hines

One of the nicest events presented by the Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Association is its annual Living Legends Awards Banquet and Ceremony. The event attracts scores of Tornadoes and the fellowship is unmatched. Friends who haven’t seen each other in years — some since their graduation day — are reunited. It really is a great event.

If you want to go, don’t wait to get tickets. They are running out for the 2016 Living Legends event, which begins with a 6 p.m. reception April 23 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1633 N. Bayshore Dr. Dinner and the award program follow at 7 p.m.

This year’s honorees includes two of my friends (one is a classmate) Thomasena Fields Wilson, class of 1956; and Dr. Kelsey Collie, class of 1953. Wilson is being presented the award for her service in the healthcare field and Collie is being awarded for his role in cultural arts.

Other honorees: Dr. Juanita Thomas-Shaw (class of 1964) Community Service; Willie Green (class of 1959), Public Service; Neatie Bell (class of 1960) and Demetra Dean Washington (class of 1964) will share the Education award; Ralph Williams (class of 1965), Entrepreneurial; Francenia Hall Scott (class of 1960), Philanthropy; Major Moses Jones, Jr. (Ret.) (class of 1949), Military/Law Enforcement; John Lee Tellis (class of 1953) Sports, and Demetrius Jackson (class of 2014) Future Young Leader.

Tickets are $60 each and the proceeds will help provide scholarships for deserving graduates of Booker T. Washington High School. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 15. Email George Storr at for tickets and more information.


The YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade will have its 11th annual Court Care event that includes a cocktail networking reception and a silent auction, beginning 5:30 p.m. April 20 at Bank United 1428 Brickell Ave.

A $75 donation to the YWCA will be accepted at the door. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities contact the YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade at

“Court Care: A Better Place to Be” centers provide child care for children whose families are attending judicial proceedings or other court related activities.


The Friendship Garden and Civic Club is prepping for its 80th anniversary and needs your help in locating family members and friends of past presidents of the organization.

To celebrate, the Garden and Civic club will have its annual luncheon and fashion show 11 a.m. April 16 at the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami Shores. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 80 Years of Sowing Seeds”.

The organization was founded March 15, 1936, in the Parrish Hall at the Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Overtown, with the objective to improve the quality of live in the black community. According to historical information, the organization “is functioning today because of the dream of the late Annie Coleman.”

The 2015-2017 officers are: Lena Pasely, president; Bessie Campbell, first vice president; Bryley Wilson, second vice president; Willa M Jackson. financial secretary; Marie A. Pasely, corresponding secretary; Dr. Mildred Berry, parliamentarian; Marguerite McKain, historian, and Dr. Gwendolyn Trice, chaplain.

For tickets to the luncheon email Lena Pasely at


The Miami Police Department’s Victim Advocate Services Program will have a symposium focusing on “Human Trafficking, Cyber Crimes and Domestic Violence” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Miami Police Department Auditorium, 400 NW Second Ave. in Overtown.

Guest speakers will include Miami Sgt. Orlando Villaverde; Special Agent Victor Williams of U. S. Department of Homeland Security; Special Agent Mike Bentoliala, of U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Cyber Crimes; Violet Felipe, a domestic-violence victim’s advocate for Miami-Dade County’s Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC); and Mary Andrews of The Women’s Fund of Dade County.

Booker T. Washington, Edison, Miami Central and the Law Enforcement Memorial High, all District 2 high schools, have been invited.

For more information or to have a table display, call Therese Homer, program administrator at 305-603-6290 or Anabel Morales at 305-603-6292.


Members of the Miami Beach Commission for Women invites the community to participate in a “Women in the Red” event at The Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in recognition of National of National Equal Pay Day.

If you go, please wear red to call attention to the fact that women are “in the red” when it comes to equal pay. Women make 23 percent less than men on average. The movie Suffragette directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan will be shown.

The event is free and open to the public.

Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Friends and Neighbors, c/o Neighbors, 3511 NW 91st Ave., Doral, FL 33172 or email Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.