On Jan. 15, Jack and Jill of America presented 11 amazing citizens of the world to Pittsburgh. The biennial event took place at the opulent Omni William Penn Hotel in the Grand Ballroom. The 2011 presentation ball “Touch the Sky” benefited the Neighborhood Academy and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation Inc.


It was clear that these fabulous young men and women have already touched the sky while reaching for the stars and the moon. Their accomplishments read like those who have lived decades. They are volunteers, world travelers, athletes, musicians and high honor students with plans to take on the world.  Harold and Denise Hayes served as grand marshalls, with Branita Mann and Darlene Motley as presentation ball co-chairs.

After a delightful cocktail reception, Pittsburgh Chapter President Velvet Mickens gave a warm welcome on what was a very cold evening. However hearts were warmed by the expertly choreographed dance displayed by the presentees.  Once again choreographer, Greer Reed-Jones, along with Kaylin Horgan and Naila Ansari as assistants, created magic.

Each presentee individually and along with their parents took their turn in the spotlight as they waltzed into Pittsburgh Society. The presentees included: Alexis Renee Aiken, Camara Nicole Copeland, Camden Melissa Copeland, Amani Ali Davis, Rikki Lynn Griffin, Brandi Michelle Henderson, Erica Jordan Mann, D. Carrington Motley, David Nathanael Nicholson, Nicole Marie Roque and Catherine Liana Waters.

Jack and Jill of America Inc. is a non-profit, international organization and is the oldest and largest African-American family organization in the United States with more than 9,500 members. The Pittsburgh Chapter was organized in 1944.

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