“I have never forgotten my days as an Eagle Scout. I didn’t know it at the time, but what really came out of my scouting was learning how to lead and serve the community. It has come in handy in my career in government.” Lloyd Bentsen

The Radisson at Cross Keys was the perfect gathering spot, when family, friends and colleagues came out to witness the Baltimore Area Council of Boy Scouts of America’s presentation of the Whitney M Young Jr. Service Award to Arnold Williams, CPA, managing director of Abrams, Foster, Noble and Williams and my cousin Harry Johnson, a partner at Whiteford Taylor Preston law firm and chairman of GBMC Health Care’s Board of Directors.

“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared” Whitney Young

AFRO Publisher John “Jake” Oliver, Diane Bell-McCoy, Faith and Nathaniel Thomas, Dana Moore, Warren Weaver, Martin Fletcher, Andrea Leahy Fucheck, Rev. Frances Draper, Diane and Frank Hocker, James McLean, Virgie Williams, Stacey Williams and GBMC President Dr. John Chessare were among the guests who dined on succulent prime rib, pasta and seasonal grilled vegetables. Former Gov. Harry Hughes stopped pass on his way to his birthday celebration to congratulate the distinguished honorees. Troop 475 Eagle Scout James Lambert was the dynamic speaker and Sean Stinnett, the evening’s emcee, did a wonderful job of maintaining the smooth flow of the program.

“Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot!” King Arthur

“Do you remember…?” Phil Collins The Camelot we knew ended fifty years ago November 22, 1963 when Americans and their neighbors cried together, the day President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed. Fifty years later, we still remember what we were doing that fateful day.

“Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married. Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married. Gee, I really love you and we’re, gonna get married goin’ to the chapel of love.” Crystals

“Down the aisle I’ll walk with you just to say the words I do…” The emotional wedding ceremony uniting Wynter Towns and Charles Eddington at New Psalmist had men and women scrambling for tissues to dab at their eyes.

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” When Harry Met Sally

Bishop Walter Thomas’ charge to the couple was spirit-filled and emotional. Soloist Rotunda Jenkins rendition of “The one he kept for me” resounded throughout the chapel of love during the heartwarming ceremony.

Guests at the cocktail reception at the Reginald Lewis Museum dined on shrimp cocktail, lamb chops and crab balls. Visitors from New York, D.C. and Virginia surrounded the loving couple with “love & happiness.” Guests toured the Kinsey Collection during the reception.

“You know love makes the world go round…” The Maryland Resource Parent Association hosted an Adoption Celebration Dinner to honor adopted parents and their children at New Psalmist after the wedding. The magnitude of the day was overwhelming. When we entered the church, the man asked if we were there for the wedding or the adoption. How ironic those two occasions were bringing people together for marriage, adoption, and the uniting of families.

“People are talking” about the Baltimore Silhouettes of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s Jazz Scholarship Brunch & Silent Auction at the Forum Caterers. The one-man band Kendall Lawrence kept guests on the dance floor as he provided smooth jazz during the brunch and the hot sounds for dancing.

Bouquets of roses to Chairperson Freddie Vaughn and her committee for a delightful afternoon of fun and fellowship.

Guests enjoying the event were Betty Green, Phil Strambler, Donald and Judy Rainey, former Mayor Sheila Dixon, Comptroller Joan Pratt, June Brown, Libby Massey, Victor Greene, Charles and Marsha Owens, Dr. Thelma Daley, Darlene and Robert Williams, Jackie Brock, Darryl Strange, Jean Dennis, Teresa Payne-Nunn, Robert Thompson and Douglas Pinder.

Guests bid on items donated by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Prime Rib, Dell Computer, Bo Brooks Restaurant, Specialty Marketing, Forum Caterer, Gian Marco Menswear and a golf package donated by Municipal Golf Corporation.

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” Calvin Coolidge

Congratulations to Michele Brown, special assistant to Senator Barbara Mikulski, on receiving the Baltimore Branch NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award for service to the community. More honors to Michele Brown the recipient of 2013 Community Champion Award in recognition of her outstanding dedication and notable contributions towards advancing the well-being of children and youth in foster care presented by A Step Closer Foundation.

Congratulations to Judge Bonita Dancy on receiving the Judicial Champion award also presented by A Step Closer Foundation for her contributions to the youth.

It’s your birthday make some noise! Happy birthday James “Peck” Bogan, Brenda Baker, Rosa Pryor, Napoleon Sykes, Angela Alexander, Ernestine Scroggins , Sandy Matthews, Marty Brown, Stephanie Kinder, Shauna Henson Prater and Tom Hardnett.

Church of Saint Mary the Virgin is hosting Holiday Jazz Fest 2013 Nov. 30 featuring Jumpstreet and Victor Frierson for tickets call Rebecca 410-363—2633 or RLEVENT2013@gmail.com

Join Travis Winkey at the 24 Karat Gold Awards & Fashion Show hosted by state Sen. Joan Carter Conway and radio personality Larry Young Dec. 29 for tickets call 410-669-1220 or traviswinkeystudio@email.com

Looking for desserts for the holiday contact Debbie Ferguson at Lady Lucinda cupcakes 410-922-2164 or Desserts by Marcel Murphy 443-379-4393 marcel@dessertsbymarcel.com.

Be thankful, be grateful and stay blessed. Happy Thanksgiving. Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch