Sunday, February 14, 2016

In Celebration of Love, jazz singer/actress Vea Williams​ and I Ask You For Your Good Wishes and Generous Financial Contributions to POISE Foundation Betty J. Tilman Good Neighbor Legacy Fund
in honor of My Activist Mother,
Betty J. Tilman!

 Blessings of Love and Light, Melony

Announcing the Creation of the POISE Foundation
Betty J Tilman Good Neighbor Legacy Fund

Dear Friends and Citizens of the World:

My name is Loretta Veatrice Williams aka Vea Williams*.  Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I am NYC based jazz singer/song stylist & writer/actress. From a very early age I experienced being loved and nurtured by my parents, siblings and other members of the community such as Ms. Betty J. Tilman.

In 1973 while I was a member  of the University and City Ministries (UACM) Gospel Choir, Ms. Betty arranged and escorted us on a life affirming journey to East Africa.  Recognizing my potential, when we returned, she then arranged for me to perform the opening song for the Ebony Fashion Fair at Heinz Hall  in Pittsburgh.  She also has a special silk dress made for me to wear for the performance. Ms. Betty's gift of love, her faith in my creativity and constant support has helped me to develop and grow into the woman and artist I am today.

Ms. Betty J. Tilman has inspired and impacted the lives of thousands of students, young people and adults by encouraging them to be good critical thinkers, building their self esteem and encouraging them to excel in their chosen careers.  She continues to build bridges of cooperation and support as she actively educates many in the Pittsburgh, PA community. 

This is why I am asking you to join me and continue to support  her legacy and important work by making your generous tax deductible contributions to the Betty J Tilman Good Neighbor Legacy Fund created by her daughter, Rev. Melony McGant.

The income from this fund is to be used for organizations or venues that bring awareness to the importance of nurturing children/young adults so that they become critical thinkers and know the history of those who have created Pathways of Hope in Western Pennsylvania and the World.  It will help educate  the community and encourage participation  in projects that help children/young adults learn to embrace their culture, use their creativity and technology, develop their intellectual acumen, understand the legislative process, as well as the importance and power of the vote in a democratic society; And become good citizens of the World.  It will honor the legacy of  Betty J. Tilman and others who act as Go-Givers.

Thank YOU In Advance For Your Good Wishes and Generous Contribution to the Betty J Tilman Good Neighbor Legacy Fund.

Vea Williams

You can make your donations to the POISE Foundation online by clicking this link below  for the POISE Foundation.

When You Go to the site, look for  Betty J Tilman Good Neighbor Legacy Fund.
Or Send Your Check to:

Mark Lewis
POISE Foundation
603 Stanwix Street
Suite 1700
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The POISE Foundation Vision for a Sustainable Black Community for the Pittsburgh Region

A Community that is:
A Model of Collaboration, Partnership and Innovation,
Uniquely Diverse, Beautiful, Vibrant and Connected,
Reinvesting Culturally, Spiritually, and Economically,
Creating the Best Opportunity for Everyone to Live, earn,  Work and Play.

* Special Note: Jazz vocalist and composer Vea Williams  has performed with Marion Brown, Albert Daley, Frank Foster, Dexter Gordon, Barry Harris, Dr. Nelson Harrison, John Hicks, Norman Simmons,  Ed Stoute, Salieu Suso, Buster Williams, Reggie Workman and other fine jazz artists. 
Vea has traveled and performed internationally on four continents. Her television appearances include The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, the Emmy Award Winning PBS Production of LANGSTON, and Voices of Kenya. 
Her cds are KHLOEE, You've Got This Space, The Underground Railroad To My Heart and Love Blooming.

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