In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Top Ladies of Distinction Inc. will hold two events this weekend.

The Top Ladies of Distinction is a nonprofit educational and humanitarian organization that was founded in 1964 by eight women who wanted to better their community.

The Rose City chapter will hold an induction ceremony Friday at Texas College to induct 14 women into the organization.

On Saturday, the organization will hold a banquet at Holiday Inn on South Broadway Avenue in Tyler. Guest speakers include the national president, Audrie Lawton, and Kenneth Gay, a former Top Teen and former principal of John Tyler High School.

The public is invited to both events.

The theme is “50 Years in the Mirror.” The organization will honor businesses, individuals and organizations that “supported the Rose City chapter during these trailblazing years,” according to the written release.

Since its inception, the organization has expanded its objectives to include its focus on youth (known as Top Teens of America), improving the status of women, service to senior citizens, community beautification and community partnerships. Chapters nationwide support the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Sickle Cell Disease Awareness, and the awarding of national scholarships to at least one in each of TLOD’s six geographic areas. TLOD has included in its program, a cooperative peer education facet with Top Teens of America and the National Foundation, March of Dimes.

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