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The Afro-American, December 8, 2018 - December 14, 2018

Kids enjoying the show

Children invited on stage to join in with the Milkshake Band

Baltimore Raven’s Designed tree

Tina Biederman and grandson Marcel Bordley The Eiffel Tower made out of ginger bread Qadir Fuller and Faith Fuller

The East Coast’s largest holiday extravaganza fundraiser, hosted by the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was held Nov. 23-25 at the Timonium Fair Grounds. The Kennedy Krieger Institute has raised more than $19.5 million since 1990 and specializes in treating children and young adults with pediatric developmental disabilities and disorders of the brain and spinal cord. The Festival of Trees partnered with corporations, companies, small businesses and individuals who donated decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and ginger bread houses to raise funds. Families and children were entertained by rides, bands, a merry-go-round, model train displays, a fun house, pony rides and carnival games. There were arts and crafts, a silent auction, Christmas vendors and decoration displays as well as varieties of foods. Prizes were given to the designers of the best decorated trees and ginger bread houses. Photos by Anderson R. Ward

Sydnie Watts, Kennedy Watts and Noah Best

“A Bride For Christmas” designed by the Turf Valley Resort

Michelle Mercer, Dante Purcell, Ashley Wright and Milaya Jackson

Model train display

Audrey Freeman


Deborah Hawkins

he Society Incorporated Baltimore Chapter held their Rising Stars Talent Showcase, Nov. 18, at Martins West. The chapter celebrated the talent of several young musicians, dancers, artists and actors. The national president of the Society, Julia Pollard was there to attend the showcase as well. The organization has 25 chapters.

Chloe Fridman and Pavel Sinyushkin Julia Pollard, national president of The Society Sonali Skinner

Eliana Wilson

Leila Hartley

Valerie Fraling, Councilman Julian Jones and Michele McNeill-Emery

Jackie Brown, Beatrice Williams, Aldonna Wylie and Deborah Taylor

Spencer Jackson

From front, clockwise: Kyle Skinner, Erica Lewis, Linda Jackson, Wayne Jackson, Nkenge Williams, Titilayo Ogunmakinwa, Shirley Watts, Ericka Wilson, Bessie Fair, Sonali Skinner and Lakeisha Grant Photos by Keyon Smith


The Afro-American, December 8, 2018 - December 14, 2018

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On Nov. 3, Dr. & Mrs. Christopher L. Zacharias and the members of John Wesley AME Zion Church, Washington, D.C., celebrated the “golden retirement” of Rev. Dr. Vernon A. Shannon at Martin’s Crosswinds, Greenbelt, MD. More than 500 guests filled the ballroom to witness his farewell to more than 55 years as a pastor in the AME Zion denomination. Family and friends came from all over the country to be with the Shannon family. There were great accolades, gifts and well wishes. The Washington District and Philadelphia and Baltimore Conference honored Dr. and Mrs. Shannon on a job well done. Bishop W. Darin Moore, presiding prelate of the Mid Atlantic District of the AME Zion Church was present, along with Dr. Rita J. Colbert, presiding elder of the Washington District. Bishop George D. Crenshaw, flew in from South Africa for the celebration. Also present were retired Bishops Warren Brown and George W. C. Walker. Little Miss Caitlyn Wilson, wreath bearer and Mr. Robert Goodman, Jr., Crucifer, lead the procession.

Rev. Dr. Heath Cheek, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity presents a tribute to Dr. Shannon who is a 60-year member of the organization.

Dr. Christopher L. Zacharias, pastor of John Wesley AME Zion Church and host for the Shannon Celebration

Roy Settles, Jr. and Sterling Hart

Presiding Prelate and Missionary Supervisor, Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District Bishop and Mrs. W. Darin Moore.

Mrs. Pearl Quarles, community activist, New Rochelle, New York.

Men in the Move Liturgical Dance group from John Wesley AME Zion Church perform.

Men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity make presentation of gifts to Dr. Shannon.

Dr. Barbara Shaw, Past International President, Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary, AME Zion Church.

Rev. Dr. Vernon A. Shannon processes into the ballroom

Parker Anderson Mabry-Black, Zillah Wesley-Blue, Edgar Brookins, Shirley Watkins Bowden, Julia Pollard and Michelle Bailey

Bryan Shannon and Mrs. Mildred F. Shannon, son and wife of Dr. Vernon A. Shannon.

Grand daughters of Dr. Vernon A. Shannon.

Group Photo Photos by Rob Roberts

The Metropolitan Group’s (TMG) biennial luncheon was held on Nov. 4 at the Hilton Mark Center, Alexandria, VA. This 21-yearold organization celebrated and honored Bright Beginnings, an early childhood and family learning center that supports Ferial Bishop, Andrea Roane, former families experiencing homelessness.Their Executive anchor at WUSA9 News, Contributions Director,Dr. Marla Dean accepted the award. to the Community honoree and LaVarne Burton, Group President. Andrea Roane, former WUSA9 News anchor was also recognized for her contributions to the community. TMG was formed by a group of friends to support cultural and educational activities for underprivileged children and families in the DMV. Laverne Burton is the chapter president and Joyce Hamilton Berry was the event chair.

Metropolitan Group members entering into the luncheon ballroom Joyce Hamilton Berry, event chair

Le Quan Turner and Dr. Mary Ivey

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On Nov.18 women of color gathered at Georgia Brown’s in Northwest, D.C. for the birthday celebration of groundbreaking entrepreneur Adean King, the first Black women to open a successful salon in the District. Having worked as a leader in Sheryl Porte and Angela Clark business, King serves as the vice president of Graham Williams Group alongside Armstrong Williams. Many of the guests who attended King’s celebration are renowned movers and shakers in the District, nationwide and abroad as trailblazing women in their own right, including renowned publicist, Raymone Bain and Johnnie Booker, a retired executive of the Coca-Cola Company and the RTC. After dinner guests Legendary publicist enjoyed dessert and bubbly Raymone Bain and Kimberly Fogg at Joe’s Stone Crab. Adean King holding the cake designed by Atlanta, Georgia cake designer, Tina Howell, “Your Sweet Ideas” bakery.

Group Photo during brunch at Georgia Brown’s

Debbie Bragg

Mamie Mallory

Adean King and Johnnie Booker

LifeStyle 12-7-2018  
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