Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Take Wings Foundation Gala" Took That! Congratulations on another Successful Event

The look-alikes: Actress and TAKE WINGS founder Terri J. Vaughn; her mom, board member Helen K. Vaughn; and sister, executive director Tracy L. Ward

Terri J. Vaughn with gala co-hosts Denise Boutté and Lamman Rucker, and songstress Angie Stone

Co-host Lamman Rucker is astounded when he sees Terri’s statuesque mom Helen K. Vaughn for the first time

Grammy award-nominated R&B vocalist Angie Stone sings her heart out

Terri’s sister, TAKE WINGS Exec. Dir. Tracy L. Ward (r) presents 2010 Angel Award to Denise LeNoir, M.S.N., B.S.N., M.S.H.A, F.N.P.

Terri J. Vaughn chats with table guest, Oakland-based R&B vocalist Goapele

August 23, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Known as much for her community service as for her superbly entertaining acting, native San Franciscan Terri J. Vaughn is founder of TAKE WINGS FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization that addresses social and life skills needs of at-risk teen girls. On Saturday, August 21, 2010, TAKE WINGS hosted its seventh annual black-tie affair to benefit the Foundation. The event’s comically-feuding co-hosts were notable actors Denise Boutté and Lamman Rucker, both from the feature film “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” and currently co-starring on the hit TV sit-com “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.” Grammy award-nominated R&B vocalist Angie Stone performed three songs, and Oakland-based songstress Goapele was on hand and briefly shared the stage with Stone.

TAKE WINGS Founder Actress Terri J. Vaughn

Vaughn’s sister and TAKE WINGS executive director Tracy L. Ward presented one of the two Angel Awards to Denise LeNoir, M.S.N., B.S.N., M.S.H.A, F.N.P., coordinator and a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Bay Area Multicultural Clinical Research and Prevention Center and Bay Area Pediatrics, for her dedication to consistently providing healthcare for adolescents and teens, whether or not their parents can afford it. Vaughn’s mother and TAKE WINGS board member Helen K. Vaughn presented the award to Ronny Turiaf, while underscoring the ongoing philanthropic and charitable work of the former Golden State Warriors forward and founder of the Heart 2 Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization that makes coronary-related testing and treatment available to people who cannot otherwise afford the costs. Recently traded to the New York Knicks, Turiaf was unable to attend the gala, but accepted his award via video-taped remarks.

Emory University’s Executive Director of Forensics Melissa Maxcy Wade was the evening’s keynote speaker. The National Associated Press Presidential Debate Evaluation Panelist delivered a light-hearted, but poignant message in her address.

TAKE WINGS FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build the self esteem of San Francisco Bay Area at-risk girls between the ages of 13 and 18 by providing positive experiences and role modeling. The organization’s major components involve encouraging and enabling teen girls to: provide community service, participate in life skills development activities and workshops, and earn academic scholarships.


* Photos by Horace Gipson Jr.

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