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Cosmopolitan Review: New years and new celebrations

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 1/9/2014, 10:58 a.m.

She and Leigh Skipper married in 1957 and were inseparable through 56 years of marriage. Shortly thereafter, the Skippers moved to New Canaan, Conn., where she taught in the public school system for 25 years. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired in 1999 that they relocated to Philadelphia. Well-liked and well-known in both states, the couple enjoyed life to the fullest.

Traveling to Philly from New York for the memorial service were the Pattersons, as in Basil, Porcia, son Daniel with his wife, Eloise, and their two sons, Carter and Basil, as they all have been long-time friends.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Long Island Chapter hosted their annual Black & White Candlelight Ball this year at the utterly chic Jericho Terrace in Mineola, N.Y. The snow eased up just in time for revelers to arrive, with men in black ties and ladies in gowns joining for an evening of pure delight.

The evening began with one of the nicest cocktail receptions I have ever been a part of. Instead of standing at a bistro table or milling around aimlessly, guests were invited to partake of appetizers from four different food stations then sit at a table of their choice. It was such a great change of pace not to have to juggle a plate and a glass while managing several different passed-around hors d’oeuvres on a napkin. The music was just the right volume, barely audible but loud enough to tap your feet and have a decent conversation as people table-hopped, greeting one another for the new year.

Shortly thereafter, guests were led into the ballroom, where the 2014 presentations, dinner and dancing all took place. Receiving Trailblazer Awards were Shola Lynch, director, producer and writer of Realside Productions and curator of moving images at the Schomburg Center; Kimberley A. Martin, Jets beat writer for Newsday; Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., vice president of health science and medical affairs at the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine; and Les Payne, author and journalist.

Accepting Shero Awards were Alice T. Cone of Suffolk County and Barbara V. Powell Sr. of Nassau County. Each of the recipients are so accomplished in their respective fields, it was an honor to be in their presence. The awards were presented by Nicky Hendricks-Holman, Angela Stanley (both of whom were co-chairs for the evening), Wilma Holmes Tootle (president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Long Island Chapter) and Dr. Michele Reed, D.O.

The invocation was given by President Emeritus Julie Dade-Howard, with acknowledgements made by Elita Shite, first vice president. Author of the book “When Did You Know … He Was Not The One?” Judy Bolton served as master of ceremonies.

Sponsors for the evening included Bank of America, AARP, New York Life Insurance Company and the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Research, currently located in Harlem Hospital. Donations were made to Sunny Farmingdale College and the Nassau and Suffolk community colleges.

Among the many guests who danced to the music of the Warren Daniels Orchestra were W. Scott Kershaw, Esq.; TV and radio personality Angelique Perrin; Michele Ware; Kennetha Pettus; Dr. Monique Harvey; Jeannetta Alexander, Esq.; and Lorraine Aycock, vice president of Bank of America.

The event was a perfect way to start off the new year and a good way to end this week’s column.

Until next week … kisses