The beautiful LeMont Restaurant, on Grandview Avenue, was the perfect venue for the 65th Anniversary Celebration of The Girl Friends Inc. On Oct. 27 more than 200 gathered for mingling, dining and dancing. Pre-dinner activities included a silent auction benefiting the Pittsburgh Chapter Girl Friends Scholarship Fund.

PITTSBURGH GIRL FRIENDS (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

Winifred Torbert, Pittsburgh Chapter president, welcomed visiting Girl Friends, while Darlene Jeffries presented a scholarship to Nija Johnson who is currently studying biology at Fisk University. Johnson will receive $5,000 over the next four years. Sylvia Wallace and The Dynasty Arts Band provided the soundtrack for the evening.

Girl Friends are one of the oldest and most highly respected social organizations of African-American women in the United States. It was founded in 1927 in New York during the creative period of the Harlem Renaissance. A handful of girls who were close friends wanted a way to stay in touch as they went away to college and entered adulthood. The organization has grown to include a membership of more than 1,500 outstanding women encompassing forty five chapters from coast to coast. In 1947 The Pittsburgh Chapter became the 12th chapter of Girl Friends. Although the original concept was purely social, Girl Friends has expanded its purpose to include charitable and cultural activities.

As a part of their 65th Anniversary Celebration, the Pittsburgh Chapter coordinated a community health fair highlighting childhood obesity at the Hill House Association.

The Girl Friends extends a special thanks to all of the donors of the silent auction items including members of the Pittsburgh Chapter, Bill Nunn Jr., artists Saihou Njie, Ann Tanksley, the Hyeholde Restaurant, Silver Fox Limousine Service and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

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