The exit poll taken April 16 as more than 300 left the most recent BASH (Black Association of South Hills for Women) Annual luncheon that supports their scholarship program, said, “A Celebration in Song,” was a tremendous hit.

ROBERTA BURKE & COMPANY (Photo by Gail Manker)

The ladies and gents attending at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe were impressed by the variety of vendors: A Women’s Touch Fashions, Burkes & Burkes, Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh, Ethnic Designs by Susan, Inspired by You, Mary Kay, Miche Handbags, Patsy’s Glass, Three Rivers Adoption Council and Traci Lynn Jewelry.

Everyone was wowed by the talent of songstress Roberta Burke, who is a singer, writer and producer. Burke, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, along with some ­fellow CMU friends and her back up band took the crowd from Motown to LA leaving everyone wanting more.

The fashion show, in between musical numbers, with beautiful ensembles from a Women’s Touch, in Wilkinsburg, was just the right touch of fashion. The 2011 BASH models: Sheila McCollum, Wanda Spencer, Tourance Washington, Sharon Banks, Marcia Young and Phyllis Comer.

And most of all, BASH and their guests appreciated the support of the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh. Each person who attended the BASH luncheon received a back pack gift pack from the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh complete with the children’s book, “Me, My Blood and Donating” by Shaun Gayle. Unfortunately only 5 percent of Americans give blood. To increase the number of donors, it is necessary to educate people about the importance of giving blood. Community programs save lives and improve the quality of life for patients. In order to donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health.

With the support of patrons, donors and guests BASH is able to award scholarships to graduating seniors within the target areas of South Hills and Washington County.

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