A Night of Joy

Ralph Waldo Emerson said “the purpose of a life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well”.  These are wise words, but with all due respect to Mr. Emerson, we at the Locksley Anthony Henry scholarship foundation think he should have ended his famous quote by saying “lived well with joy”.

It was with joy that the late Locksley lived and helped his community.  It is with joy that his memory is carried on by the members and volunteers of the foundation.  It was with joy that the members planned and executed all their events years past and this year:  BBQ, bowling, poets vs. rappers, etc.  However, no event held this year by the foundation was more joyous and impassioned than our annual gala.

For those unable to attend, we cannot wait to unpack this lovely evening for you.  Attired in their stylish best, the members of Locksley Anthony, honored guests, friends of the foundation, and Ms. Lawanda Geter (the evening’s speaker) arrived at Princess Manor to strut their stuff and celebrate on a red carpet with cocktails.

They proceeded to have an enchanting dinner while a live band filled the manor with tunes. (Hopefully, the students didn’t find the music too lame.)  Then everyone paused for what the evening had always been about, awarding and celebrating the three selected applicants, Hueguette Lafleur, Larry Pitt, and Eric Yueng.  We awarded their hard work and dedication to their education and dreams.   We hope they’ll grow to become the sort of people that find joy in being men and women for others.

Speaking of men and women for others, Locksley Anthony also was finally delighted to recognize and award Barbara Penant and Anthony Gutzmore. Both individuals have supported Locksley Anthony since the beginning of our foundation and we are so unbelievably thankful for them.

The night closed with the key speaker, Ms. Lawanda Geter. She made many excellent and thought provoking points, but in the end it was her story that stole the show: Ms. Geter spent fifteen years in one industry only to quit her job and return to school. Several years later, she accomplished her goal of staring and over in her education and career.  She is now a lawyer, working for a renowned law firm in Midtown, Manhattan.

It was a wonderful evening with a great turnout.  We were so lucky to share all of that joy, thankfulness, and wisdom together while ensuring a brighter future.  Thank you as always for any and all support given to the Locksley Anthony foundation.  To any of you who might be in Ms. Lawanda Geter’s position of wanting to start over, remember what Charles Dickens said: “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another”.