Ladies on a mission

Ladies on a mission
October 03
03:00 2018

By Busta Brown

“With different things going on in the city, we felt like there was a need for as much support as possible. You can never have enough support where there’s a need, and we love helping our communities,” said Tangela Carson, founder of the all-women nonprofit organization Exquisite Ladies in Winston-Salem.

Exquisite Ladies Social Club was established May 19, 2009. “We’re a group of ladies with strong sisterhood and professional backgrounds. Our vision is to uplift women, children and the wider community with public service and professional development projects,” Carson said.

Carson said the ladies don’t mind hard work. “We don’t mind getting our hands and nails dirty or sweating. We stay focused on all we do.”

The ladies adopted Petree Elementary in Winston-Salem, “We volunteer at all of their events, we give backpacks to the students, and we do a basketball tournament to raise money for uniforms. It’s amazing to see the smiles on their faces.”

During the holidays, the Exquisite Ladies group has its annual events: Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk A Treat and adopt families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. “We stuff 100 Christmas Stockings  and also give blankets, hats, gloves and socks to the Bethesda Center in Winston-Salem.”

The founder said the nonprofit has grown since 2009. “Our success is networking. We believe if more organizations work together, we can get more done. We also organize fundraisers for motorcycle clubs.”

When she took me into her living room, I saw two trophies over 6 feet tall. “These were given to us for the most rep club, meaning we had the most people to come out to represent the different MC and SC at the fundraisers and anniversary parties,” Carson said.

Co-founder Syveria Wilson stopped by to say hey. I asked what she loves most about the Exquisite Ladies Social Club. “It’s a blessing that we’re able to give back to our communities, and I love to see the kid’s smiles on their face when we pass out the stockings and the book bags.”

The Ladies also adopted a street in the Twin City. “We adopted Old Rural Hall Road. Every three months, all members get together on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and meet at the old Gant service station. We have our vests, bags and sticks and go up and down the road cleaning Old Rural Hall Road. Then we notify the city to let them know where the bags are to pick them up.”

Carson said the work is very hard, but they find a way to keep it fun as well. “We love it!  It’s our passion, and we always keep God first.”

Contact Tangela Carson at (336) 997-5367 and follow Exquisite Ladies on the group’s Facebook page, Exquisite-Ladies-141923039181023/.

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