Continentals honor 12 achievers

With this year’s theme “Sunday’s Best; Hats Off to Roanoke’s Finest,” the Roanoke Chapter Continental Societies, Inc. will honor eight women and four high school girls on Sunday, March 31, during its 8th Annual Black Girls Really Rock Scholarship fundraiser.

The 3:00 p.m. event will be held in the William Fleming High School auditorium and honor the achievement of local African-American Women, said Donna Lee, president of the Roanoke Continentals, an affiliate of a 63 year- old national public service organization that focuses on the needs of youth.

The afternoon includes light hors d’oeuvres and features entertainment by the Men’s Chorus of Loudon Avenue Christian Church; Janet Norwood Smith (praise dancer); singer, Donna Pride and Continental Kids Reciting the Black Girls Rock Pledge.

The Roanoke organization awarded eight scholarships to Roanoke Valley high school graduates in 2018. An endowed scholarship for a student at Virginia Western Community College will be awarded on March 20, 2019.

The 2019 Black Girls Really Rock honorees are: Gwendolyn Basham for community service; Bernadette Jones Brown for entertainer; Evangelist Timika Terry-Cabbler for religion; Marshell Renee Coles as Deaconess and Continental Kids Initiator; Katherine Anderson Elam for Junior Achievement; Brenda Hamilton for government; Iris Earley King for entrepreneurship and Bonnie Pritchett for education.

M.A.D.D. Girls (Making a Distinct Difference) awardees are: Ashawnte Anderson, granddaughter of Toni Burris and a William Fleming High School senior; Danielle Davoll, daughter of Al & Deborah Davoll, a Senior at Northside High School; Tiana Keeling, daughter of Toni Keeling and Rodney Bumbry and granddaughter of Gloria Thomas, a senior at Northside High School and Rickiecia Rogers, daughter of Militcia Rogers and Ricardo Rogers, a William Fleming High School Senior.

Tickets, at $25.00 per adult and $12.50 for children under 12, can be purchased by calling chairperson, Linda Journiette, at 540-556-4762 or Donna Lee at 540-293-0593. Door prizes and prize for “Best Hat” will also be awarded!