By M. Latimer / Photos by David Wright, Sr.
The “Western Gala,” hosted by the Jacksonville (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, is no longer just a party. The event, held annually since 2003, has become a Northeast Florida tradition. Last weekend over 400 people flocked to the Western Gala for a night of line dancing, good food and games all under a western theme. Thanks to the Western Gala, the chapter supports the GEMS (a year round mentoring program for middle school girls at Eugene Butler Leadership Academy), provides assistance to students at Edward Waters College and other UNCF schools, and donates to the Sickle Cell Foundation.