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"Living Legends" recognized by EOS

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on July 11, 2011 1:46 PM

Four area women will be honored as "living legends" later this weekend for outstanding community service.

"A Taste of Italy," featuring a dinner, entertainment and a fashion show, will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Rebuilding Broken Places on North William Street.

The past and present District Deputy Grand Matrons will be recognized by the Lady Love No. 6 Order of the Eastern Star, said Adrienne Greene, a worthy matron in the chapter.

Recipients for the Living Legend award include Elaine Alexander, Emma Fennell, Delores White-Augustus and Grace Williams.

The honorees have been examples to others about the importance of volunteering, Ms. Greene said, and have also helped raise money for such causes as Empty Stocking Fund, Relay for Life and Adopt-a-Highway.

The group also mentors groups of young men and women.

"The biggest thing we do every year is raise scholarship money," Ms. Greene said. "This year, we decided to honor some matriarchs in the community for all their community service.

"They inspired us, they organized us where we are able to take the baton and take on the responsibility for raising money for the community."

Despite their own retirement status, Ms. Greene said, the four women have remained active in the organization and gone beyond just holding leadership positions.

"We want to give them something to let them know that we appreciate them and we love them even though they're now up in age," she said. "We want to give them their flowers now."

Ms. Alexander, a native of Charlotte, has been active in the Goldsboro chapter of Eastern Star since 2006. A member of Greenleaf Christian Church, she has served as president of the MASS choir and is a member of the Floral Club.

Ms. Augustus has been active in the NAACP and volunteered with Relay for Life, Community Affairs for the city of Goldsboro and at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Fennell has been a member of Eastern Star for 54 years, holding the position of District Deputy Grand Matron for six years. A member of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, she serves on the usher board and has been a volunteer in such areas as Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Williams, retired from Cherry Hospital, has served on the board of Flynn Home for 26 years and on the Wayne Uplift Board, and has volunteered with Relay for Life, Wayne County Mental Health Association and Red Hat Society.

The evening's program will feature a fashion show directed by Bridgette Morgan of 9th Wonder Entertainment and a program of music by Udeshi Hargett, an award-winning violinist from Wilson.

Tickets for the event are $20.

For information, contact Ms. Greene at 394-7102 or Linda Williams 736-2913.