This Week in Houston’s Buzz: Showtime at the Apollo! Presented by The Links, Incorporated and More!

Showtime at the Apollo! Presented by The Links, Incorporated

ABC-13 News Anchor Melanie Lawson, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Event Attendee and Houston City Council Member District D Dwight Boykins

Saturday, October 20, 2018, The Links, Incorporated Gulf Coast Apollo (TX) Chapter presented the Showtime at the Apollo! Links Style at the Hyatt Regency Houston from 7:30 p.m. until midnight.
The Links, Incorporated is a premier international, non-profit volunteer service organization established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With a membership of nearly 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters in 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and London, England, it is one of the nation’s largest volunteer service organizations committed to promoting educational, civic, and cultural awareness in the global community.

Program as follows: Lights! Camera! Action! – Lorna Hankins (Western Area Vice Director, Gulf Coast Apollo (TX) Chapter), Mistress of Ceremonies – Melanie Lawson (ABC 13, Houston News Anchor), Greetings – Patricia Ingram (President, Gulf Coast Apollo (TX) Chapter, Roxann Thomas Chargois (Western Area Director (Missouri City (TX) Chapter, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Honorary Chair); Occasion – Janis Benton (Vice-President Programs, Gulf Coast Apollo (TX) Chapter); Invocation – F. Monique Ingram Garner (Chaplain, Gulf Coast Apollo (TX) Chapter); Dinner – Music by Collector’s Item; Acknowledgement of Sponsors and Donors – Gladys Henderson (Fundraiser Chair) and Sharmell Huffman and Wanda Tanner Kimbrough (Fundraiser Co-Chairs); Showtime At The Apollo Opening – Apollo Dancers (Charina Allen-Beasley, Crystal Donato Brown, Eraka Childs, Gladys Henderson, Sharmell Huffman, Patricia Ingram, Cozeta Nelms, D’Juanna Satcher, Kimberly Robinson, and Miyoshi Thompson.

It’s Showtime! – Apollo Night Hosts (Kevin Smith M.D. and Sharmell “KiKi” Huffman
Featuring – Paula Dionne Ingram (Operatic Soprano) and Dominique Hammons (Violinist)
Apollo Night Amateur Performances – Vernicka Porter-Sales, Patricia Ingram, Anna James, Gladys Henderson, Miyoshi Thompson, Vera Pentecost, Adrian Clayton, Gladys Brandsford, Traci Marquis, Tammy Lanier, Joshua Cruz and The Honorable Dwight Boykins-Houston City Council District D.
Closing Remarks – Gladys Henderson (Fundraising Chair).

Showtime at the Apollo! Sponsors – A Star is Born – Advanced Functional Rehab
Opening Act – CenterPoint Energy, MPACT: Strategic Consulting, Shadow Creek Cosmetic & Family Dentistry (Dr. Robert W. Lockhart III, DDS, PA, Taylor: Construction Management, TEAM EMERALDS (GCAC Class of 2018): Yvonne Bonner-Holley, Audrey Cosby, Lavonne Hopkins, Lauren Johnson, Stacci Mahadeo, Christina Payne, and Kelley Taylor, LORNA HANKINS
Encore! – CODE, Murphy J. Mason: Construction Company, Neuhaus Education Center, Levi Benton and Associates, Felecia (Monique) Ingram Garner, MD, Glenda R. Warner, Vera Pentecost and Melanie Johnson, Cheryl McNair and Bobbie Verrett
In Kind Donors – ROW: Reality of Wrestling, MJLM: McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy, LLP MK (Melanie Kay Hugele, CFD) Events: Floral Designs, MYEVENTSISTHEBOMB: Simple Booth, and Gladys Henderson

Officers of The Links, Incorporated: Gulf Coast Apollo (TX) Chapter
Patricia A. Ingram (President), Gladys Henderson (Vice-President, Membership), Janis Jefferson Benton (Vice-President, Programs), Sharmell Huffman (Recording Secretary), Kimberly Robinson (Financial Secretary), Eraka Childs (Corresponding Secretary), F. Monique Ingram Garner (Chaplain), Glenda Warner (Historian), Crystal Donatto Brown (Technology Officer), and Janice Hall (Immediate Past President)

Deputy director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center Vanessa Wyche and Mr. George Wyche

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Texas Southern University Homecoming Parade 2018

                                                TSU parade participants

Tyrone Willis and Forward Times Publisher/CEO Karen Carter Richards

                                            TSU School of Public Affairs

                           Tyrone Willis and Alpha Kappa Alpha members

                                         TSU President Dr. Austin Lane

                                      Alpha Kappa Alpha parade float