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Imagine Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Zora Neale Hurston accenting their most elegant Harlem Renaissance-era attire with glitzed-up denim.

Such a sartorial combination was the theme of the Little Rock Chapter of the Links Inc.'s Jazzy Jeans & Jewels fundraiser. Harlem Nights, an evening punctuated with "Denim, Diamonds & Pearls," took place June 2 at the Metroplex.

Tiffany O'Guinn served as chairman of the event, which also benefited from the co-chairmanship of Benecia Moore, Danyelle Walker and Courtney Donner.

Proceeds from Jazzy Jeans & Jewels events are given to the historically black colleges and universities in Arkansas on a rotating basis. This year's recipient was Arkansas Baptist College. Since the inaugural event in 2008, more than $90,000 has been donated.

Once again, spouses and progeny of Links members served as chefs, setting up booths and dishing out samples (and in a case or two) full meals consisting of varied and sundry treats. Guests enjoyed Mexican fare, a Southern plate dinner, hot dogs and chips, lemonade and lemon mini cupcakes, meat balls and more.

Travis "Tre Day" Rowan, on-air personality for KIPR-FM, was master of ceremonies for a program that included comments by O'Guinn as well as chapter President Lana Nayles.

Members of the Links were also presented and presidents of the Links' beneficiary colleges were introduced.

A special appeal afforded donors the opportunity to light up the room by sporting the glowing green bracelets and tubes they were given.

Entertainment consisted of a performance by the Parkview Men's Tech Ensemble from Parkview Arts and Science Magnet School and a fashion show by Korto Momolu.

DJ Nick Hud spun the evening's dance tunes.

Gallery: Jazzy Jeans & Jewels fundraiser

High Profile on 06/10/2018

Print Headline: Fashionable fundraiser: Jazzy Jeans & Jewels benefits Arkansas Baptist College

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