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Attending the Baton Rouge Chapter of Jack and Jill America Inc.'s Founders' Day luncheon on Jan. 24 are, from left, Ingrid Knight, Vanessa LaFleur, Sativia Bowen and Kim Benjamin.

Provided photo by Tasha Bergeron Parms

The Baton Rouge Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. celebrated the 80th Anniversary Founders' Day of the national organization on Jan. 28 at Oak Lodge Reception and Conference Center.

The brunch luncheon hosted members and guests in honor of the late Marion Stubbs Thomas, who founded Jack and Jill of America, Inc. on Jan. 24, 1938, along with 19 other mothers who saw the need to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of 2 and 19, a news release said.

The program included motivational speaker Jamee Williams and congratulatory remarks were given by Sativia Bowen, regional member-at-large.

The brunch was coordinated by Ingrid Knight, chairwoman; and Kim Benjamin, co-chairwoman. The committee included Joy Abernathy, Wanda Bell, Lamiesa Bonton, Leslie Fair Clay, Janet Cook, Kimberly Davis, Mesa Jefferson, Kimberly LaMotte, Melissa McCormick, Natalie Robertson, Mecala Robinson, Kelli Temple, Karen Thomas, Joni James Walker and Katara Williams.

The Baton Rouge Chapter of Jack and Jill of America is led by President Vanessa LaFleur.