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Carson’s ‘Top Ladies’ celebrate 10 years of community service

1/30/2014, midnight
Members and supporters of the Carson Top Ladies of Distinction commemorate 10 years of service to the community. Pictured from left (front row) are Eulah Williams, Gloria Turner, Belinda Sumpter, Mary Louise Batiste, and Councilwoman Lula Davis-Homes. Back row: Willie Wilkins, Meredith Barrett-Wilkins, Preston Kelley, David Turner, Doris Kelley, Beatrice Nelson, Dominique McMillan, Imani McMillan, Morgan Strickland, Vera Rhone, Loymon Batiste, Brian Sumpter.

Members of the Carson Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (TLOD), and its affiliate, Top Teens of America, celebrated 10 years of humanitarian service to the city of Carson this week. The event which featured a raffle, silent auction, and a buffet reception, took place at the Carson Community Center located at 801 East Carson Street, Carson.

Over the years, the chapter was engaged in beautification projects throughout the city; visits and activities at the Carson Senior Center; luncheons to honor women and men who have impacted the lives of others in their various communities; awarded scholarships to teens and other community recipients, and formed community partnerships to advance the goals of the organization.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presence of Mayor Jim Dear and Councilwoman Lula Davis-Holmes. The mayor expressed his gratitude in having TLOD in the city, and lauded the work done by its members. Davis-Holmes recalled her involvement with the chapter in its chartering, and said she was proud of her involvement in the chapter's early stages, and wished for its continued success.

Top Teen President, Morgan Strickland and former Top Teen member Imani McMillan shared with the audience the benefits of being Top Teens, and how their involvement in the organization formed the basis for their success at the colleges they now attend.