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Memorial Medical Center Celebrates Black History Month

Written by Patrick Bradley

February 22, 2019

The Niagara Falls Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, was honored Friday for nearly 70 years of service to Niagara County at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s 12th Annual Black History Month Celebration. 

A volunteer service organization of concerned, committed, and talented women of color, the Niagara Falls Chapter of the Links was chartered in 1950 and remains an active and vibrant organization with Service through Friendship as their priority. 

The keynote address was delivered by the Rev. Raymond Allen, pastor of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, and the president of the Niagara Ministerial Council. The free community event, which was organized and presented by Memorial Medical Center staff members, included a health fair and luncheon program based on the theme “Hope and Health: Without Hope We Fail to Exist.”

In the photo at left, Memorial Medical Center President & CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo presents the 2019 NFMMC Black History Month Community Service Award to Crystal Boling Barton, president of the Niagara Falls (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

In the photo at right, Boling-Barton and members of The Links tell a crowded medical center auditorium about their most recent health and youth-based outreach efforts in Niagara Falls and Lockport as Ruffolo and keynote speaker the Rev. Raymond Allen look on.

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