Mardi Gras Meets Carnival!

8th Masked Benefit Gala
Saturday, February 29, 2020 7:30-11 p.m.
The Ritz Carlton – Tower City Center

Ticket Sales and Donations Raised Benefit the Greater Cleveland Community

CLEVELAND, OH – The Western Reserve (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, a nonprofit group of women volunteers working together in friendship, will host its 8th Masked Mardi Gras Benefit Gala on Saturday, February 29th. Ticket sales, sponsorships and other donations received will help sustain the chapter’s programming designed to enrich the lives of residents in Greater Cleveland.

Annually, each of the more than 45 members of the chapter commits to a minimum of 48 hours to develop and execute community service programs – that’s over 2,000 hours of service – in the areas of education, health and human services.

During the 2018/19 program year alone, the Western Reserve (OH) Chapter provided services to the community through two ongoing major initiatives:

• The Community Baby Shower addresses the serious infant mortality health crisis and over a two year period provided services to over 1,650 mothers, fathers and children.

• The Growing Leaders program, now in its fifth year, provided services to 17 teenaged girls and their families. This initiative was created to increase the number of African American young women who successfully transition from high school to college and/or the workforce by focusing on the soft skills needed for sustained achievement.

Guests attending this fun and festive Mardi Gras Meets Carnival will stroll the Tower City Avenue from 7:30-11 p.m., dine from New Orleans and Brazilian-inspired Creole food stations and shop for masks, jewelry, clothing and more.

The venue will be filled with the sounds of The Soul Rebels, and Samba Cleveland and The Jacob Johnson Quartet. “Cocktail chic” is the attire.

Come join us as Mardi Gras Meets Carnival! Get ticket and sponsorship information at

For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Janet Morgan 216-849-5014; Eleanor Hayes 216-904-1209;

About The Links, Incorporated and The Western Reserve (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

The Links, Incorporated celebrates more than 70 years as a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. A premier international service organization with more than 15,000 members in 288 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom, its legacy of friends providing service that changes lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well. The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and who have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work toward a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership. The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, has made more than $25 million in charitable contributions since its founding. Working closely with its sponsors and supporters, The Links, Incorporated is focused on creating transformational programming and impacting lives in communities of color through Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services, to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. The Links, Incorporated: “Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service.” For more information, visit

The Western Reserve (OH) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated was chartered in 1987. Like those in the national organization, the founding women shared interests and enthusiasm for community service. In short, they were determined to make a difference in the Greater Cleveland community. Tens of thousands of hours from chapter members have been devoted to mentoring children, instituting dialogues with teens, and conducting workshops and clinics that benefit women and their families to address concerns in the areas of health, education, social and economic disparities. In 2001, the Western Reserve (OH) Chapter launched its signature fundraising event, The Masked Mardi Gras Biennial Benefit, to benefit its philanthropic arm – The Links Foundation, Incorporated – as well as to support the continuation of charitable programs. Today, the Western Reserve (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, with more than 45 active members, celebrates a rich history of over 30 years of programs, service and outreach. Learn more about the chapter’s programs at