Florida Friends for Obama celebrate with inaugural ball


Jeroline McCarthyHaving shaken the dust and now standing tall, the Florida Friends for Obama worked hard and were celebrating President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden’s second term in office.

It was Jan. 21, and the action group renewed commitment at the African- American Cultural Society during a black tie Inaugural Ball and simultaneously celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.

Thomas Allen is shown with wife Loyce Nottage Allen, founder of Florida Friends for Obama.
Thomas Allen is shown with wife Loyce Nottage Allen, founder of Florida Friends for Obama.

Loyce Nottage Allen made progress keeping President Obama in the White House. She’s founder of Florida Friends for Obama, organized in 2008 and working toward the historic moment of his first election.

The attendees were served with a souvenir journal, 2013 Florida Friends for Obama membership, bountiful hors d’oeuvres – catering by Cee J C Catering – and live entertainment and dancing. The evening signature was embossed with an America that they are working to achieve by supporting President Obama.

The gala spotlighted “Excellence, Reflection & Celebration,” and Bernadette Reeves’ video portrayal of 15-year-old Audrey Nell Edwards at a sit-in during the Civil Rights Movement. The reflection, a reminder of vengeance, examined a scene from the “St. Augustine Four” at a Woolworth lunch counter, and resurfacing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. Reeves, a liturgical dancer, performed “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as a tribute to President Obama.

Songstress Linda Cole lavished Nat King Cole’s showcase, performing “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child That’s Got its Own.” Cole presented both themes as a Black legacy, and one which she said should not be lost.

The program flowed with guitarist Cesar Romero; emcee Edmund G. Pinto, Jr., president of the African-American Cultural Society; the welcoming remarks delivered by Flagler NAACP First Vice President Barbara Goss, and the invocation offered by Gwen Thomas.

‘Healing Revival’ coming to First Church
Come, experience God’s power in a “Healing Revival” on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7 and 8, 6 p.m., at the First Church of Palm Coast.

The revivalist will be the Rev. Dr. Henry R. Delaney, a mighty man of God operating in the healing and prophetic gifts, and building churches, academies, other outreach ministries –  and making a difference in people’s lives. He’s expanded the 10th Episcopal District of the CME Church in Savannah, Ga., and has established churches in Michigan, Tennessee, Haiti, Jamaica, and Liberia.

Experience God’s working through this 80-year-old, retired CME preacher, who does not think it robbery to use his gifts.

The Rev. Gillard S. Glover is the pastor of First Church, located at 91 Old Kings Road North. The church can be reached at 386-446-5759.


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.



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