Ties & Tiaras event inspires youth of Cambridge

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Emory Jones (center) poses with the fathers and father figures in attendance at the Ties and Tiaras event in Cambridge, home of the Emory Jones Foundation.

CAMBRIDGE — The Emory Jones Foundation is a new organization starting in Cambridge. This foundation is dedicated to providing prevention and empowerment programs for at-risk youth. The youth within our community will be enhanced with enrichment programs, workshops, and events that will inspire them to becoming tomorrow’s leaders. The Emory Jones Foundation launched the beginning of a dynamic movement for the community within his hometown.

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George Watson poses for a fun photo with his two grandaughters, Kylie Maonkey and Kimora Jones.

On April 18, The Emory Jones Foundation presented “Ties and Tiara” Father and Daughter Dance as a form of enhancing the morals and values of young girls from the ages of 3-13. With the vision to strengthen families and relationships with fathers and daughters, founder Emory Jones quoted “What better male figure could you look up to other than your dad?” He also wants us to remember that the father is the first man in a daughter’s life; and how personal this first event was to him because of lost time from his daughter.

Over 40 young ladies were able to enjoy an elegant evening with their fathers. Family members and friends greeted the father and daughter couples at the red carpet styled “Grand March.” During the “Grand March” April Dean Goodman, owner of Bliss Jewelry & Gifts on Poplar Street, sponsored each girl with their very own tiara. The evening continued on with a private formal dining experience for the father and daughter couples. After the daughters enjoyed a sociable dinner with their fathers the evening merged into fun activities, dancing, and more. The Emory Jones Foundation team will continue to provide these innovative opportunities for our youth.

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April Goodman from Bliss Jewelry helps Kimora Jones with her tiara at the Ties and Tiaras event.

“On behalf of The Emory Jones Foundation we would like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, supporters, and all of our participants for making the event a special one. Our gratitude goes out to The Empowerment Center (Pine Street) and Portia Johnson-Ennels for allowing us to utilize your venue, Dorchester Elks Lodge #223 for your support.
“We would also like to thank Linnet Turner, Barbara Johnson-Bishop, Bliss Jewelry & Gifts, Barry Pinder, Andre Johnson, and Bonnie & Keonna Green all for helping us with this event. To our gift bag sponsors; Puma, Young Wisdom Clothing, Et Cetera Blog, Mr. Martin’s Detailing, Connected Professionals, and Dorinda Bolden, the children really loved their gifts. Special thank you goes to R. Moment Photography, and Zach Johnson (Videography). Thanks to our host J Reed and Bishop Woolford for your encouraging words.
We appreciate DJ Chyna Doll for sound and entertainment. Thanks to our dessert sponsors; Paired Perfection, The Sweet Life by Jess, Mrs. Martin’s Cookies, and Nailah Woolford.

“To our event sponsors; The Jonathan Molock Agency, Street Loyalty, Fade 2 Black Barbershop, Liv Again, Multi-Tasking Hearts, Lonnelle Green, Nytia Keene, Mr. Martin’s Detailing, Justin Beasley, Body Nu by Court, Sean Steward, Men in Action and Puma, we cannot thank you enough.”

“The Emory Jones Foundation vision for youth is to create positive role models and build up positive leaders for the future.”
–Emory Jones

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Ayden Jones, Emory’s granddaughter, poses with a YouTube frame at the Ties & Tiaras event in Cambridge.

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