CHAPTER AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Apollo Ladies’ early program activities included adoption of the African villages of Ankaful, Moree and Atewoska in Cape Coast Ghana and the nationally-recognized “Blanketing Haiti with Love” project where blankets and toiletries were sent to severely deprived Haitian communities. Galveston’s Heritage Christian Academy (HCA), with its predominantly African American male student body, became the focus of the Apollo Ladies services which included financial support, youth forums , annual college tours, career fairs and community arts festivals. Books by African American authors were also donated to the academy and programs promoting health awareness, academic enrichment, cultural enhancement and development of leadership skills enhanced both the school and its surrounding community. The Apollo Ladies and HCA enjoyed a relationship spanning nearly ten years. During this early period, too, the group established its annual “Caribbean Carnivale” as the signature fundraising event to support its community activities.
Gulf Coast Apollo became the 52nd chapter of the Western Area and the 262nd Chapter of The Links, Incorporated on October 7, 1995.
In its early days, The Apollo Ladies interest group was recognized nationally for its “Blanketing Haiti with Love” project where blankets and toiletries were sent to families in the ravaged country. Later, the Gulf Coast Apollo Chapter received an award in July 2005 at the Western Area Conference in Beverly Hills, California for its collaborative project with five other Houston-Area chapters for the Vagina Monologues. Recognition from the community at large has included an honorary Key to the City of Galveston presented by former mayor, Barbara Crews; several proclamations from the cities of Galveston and Houston; formal thank-you’s from the independent school districts of Clear Creek, Dickinson, La Marque and Texas City. The chapter also received a plaque, proclamation and day in its honor for its work with the Heritage Christian Academy in Galveston. In addition to other awards, the Gulf Coast Apollo (TX) Chapter is proud to be home to the winner of The 2009 Links, Incorporated National Tag Line Campaign winner, Link Bobbie Verrett, whose winning entry was “Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service.”