Women’s club supports scholarships, other causes

Women’s club supports scholarships, other causes
January 14
00:00 2016
Photo by Zavious Pratt
Friends of Winston Salem members shown (L-R) are Sharon Marshall, Linda Lindsay, Winnie Speas, Sharon Pratt, Sandy Porter, Carrie Fitzgerald, Shirley Bishop, and Elaine Bevels.   Absent members are:  Carolyn Hayes, Kay Hawkins, Priscilla Jackson-Wiggins, Kim McKenzie-Banks, Mamie Nesbitt, Daisy Walker and Sylvia White.

Special to the Chronicle 

Friends of Winston Salem supports the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emancipation Association as it gives scholarships. The club attended the 2016 annual celebration of Emancipation at Morning Star Baptist Church on Jan. 1.

FRIENDS, a community based organization, has supported the scholarship program for over 20 years.

FRIENDS was established in April 1992 when two very close friends, Elaine Bevels and Sandy Porter, thought that there were a lot of intelligent and caring African-American women who could make a difference in the community.

They called a select group of their friends together at Bevels’ home to discuss their concept of helping themselves and the community.  Out of that meeting, the social/community club FRIENDS was born.

In addition to the support of the Emancipation Association Scholarship Fund, FRIENDS supports the Cherry Hill Apartments Seniors, Elizabeth & Tab William Adult Day Center, Project Hope, women and children in need and many other areas of need.

It is under the current leadership of President Sharon Pratt. The board consists of 15 women.


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