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Feb 12th

Debutante Cotillion on hold this year

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It is with great appreciation that the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Chapter of The Links, Incorporated expresses our gratitude for the communities’ support of our organization over the past 39 years. We have enjoyed partnering with many of the community nonprofits and individuals, giving back and helping to make a difference in the lives of our youth and the communities in which we live. We want to continue offering workshops and programs to the community that are of value. To that end, we are aggressively working with community leaders who are representative of our various service facets to enrich our programming over the next years. We will celebrate 40 years in 2012.

One of our signature youth programs for the past 30 years has been the Debutante Cotillion Program. We have presented over 570 Debutantes with their escorts and coordinated leadership development and self improvement programs to help prepare them to embark on a college career.  We are blessed that the community loaned us their outstanding children so that we might supplement their experience through friendships, workshops and community service. They also helped us raise critical funds to support our scholarship program. Over the past 20+ years, we provided more than $500,000 to the community through this Program and our biennial fundraisers.

After all the years of presenting an annual Debutante Cotillion Program, it is time to pause and evaluate this Program.  To that end, we will not have a Debutante Cotillion Program for the 2011-12 school year. We will use this time to reflect and evaluate to ensure that The Links, Incorporated continues to provide a relevant, high-quality program attractive to the community.  We are also interested in your valuable feedback. I encourage you to email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We know there are some seniors who will be disappointed that they won’t have this experience.  We agonized over this decision and concluded that there wouldn’t ever be a “good time “ to skip a year; however, introducing  a new youth program to recognize high achievers and offer outstanding workshops in conjunction with the Chapter’s 40th anniversary made sense.

We, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Chapter of The Links, Incorporated are blessed to have had your support all these years and we want it to continue.  We are committed to continued service and programs that support the needs of the community and fulfill our mission.
Again, thank you for your years of support and we look forward to what the future holds.


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