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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Socialites celebrate 50th anniversary

  • In 1963, a group of local women who regularly got together decided to form a club. And now, members of the Socialite Club are preparing to celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary.
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    • 50th anniversary celebration
      The Socialite Club will be have a black tie event to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at June's Northland, Seventh and Pottawatomie street...
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      50th anniversary celebration
      The Socialite Club will be have a black tie event to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at June's Northland, Seventh and Pottawatomie streets.
      Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple.
      For tickets, call 913-651-5367.
  • In 1963, a group of local women who regularly got together decided to form a club. And now, members of the Socialite Club are preparing to celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary.
    The Socialites, as they're called, are planning a black tie celebration for Saturday evening at June's Northland, Seventh and Pottawatomie streets.
    Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple.
    The Socialite Club is the second oldest existing black women's organization in the Leavenworth community, according to longtime member Joyce Williams.
    Member Azora Smith said the club engages in social and humanitarian activities. A major focus of the Socialites is the awarding of scholarships.
    "Our main thing is to give out scholarships to our high school seniors," she said.
    Smith, who's been with the club for 20 years, said she will be appearing in a skit that was written for Saturday's celebration. She said the skit is about how the club was formed 50 years ago.
    She said the original members would meet each other's homes to play cards and socialize.
    "It just got to be a regular thing," she said.
    And they decided to start the Socialite Club.
    Smith said the club continues to meet usually one a month.
    "We've done just a number of things together," she said.
    The club's current membership includes Betty Newton, who is in one of the charter members.
    Saturday's event will include a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., there will be a program and then dancing, according to Smith.
    The event will conclude at midnight.
    Jazz and blues music will be performed by the Melvin Lister Trio.
    "There will be a lot of fun things going on," Smith said.
    Williams, who's been a member of the Socialite Club for about 36 years, said the program will be uplifting.
    Smith said tickets can be purchased in advance from any member of the Socialite Club. She said there also will be several tickets available for purchase at the door.
    For ticket information, call 913-651-5367.
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