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Volunteer Service Group Honors Valerie Cooper Of Stamford

(L-R) Noel Hord; the Honorable Maurice Mosley; James Michel; Dianne S. Hardison, The Links, Inc., Virginia; Glenda Newell-Harris, The Links, Inc., California; Dollie McLean; and Valerie Cooper, of Stamford.
(L-R) Noel Hord; the Honorable Maurice Mosley; James Michel; Dianne S. Hardison, The Links, Inc., Virginia; Glenda Newell-Harris, The Links, Inc., California; Dollie McLean; and Valerie Cooper, of Stamford. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Valerie A. Cooper, founder of Stamford-based Picture That, a corporate full-service art consulting firm, was recently recognized for her corporate achievements and community endeavors in The Arts during The Links, Incorporated’s Eastern Area Conference Civic Luncheon.

“Your service to our community is exemplary of our ideals and helped to inspire them,” Dianne S. Hardison, The Links, Incorporated’s eastern area director, said in a letter to Cooper. “We applaud your trailblazing vision, creativity and compelling commitment to service and are proud to recognize you at our Civic Luncheon.”

Hundreds watched as Cooper and fellow honorees Elsie Cofield, Noel Hord, Dollie McLean, James Michel and Maurice Mosley were recognized at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard.

“I’m honored to receive this 2015 ARTS Award that acknowledges the impact we make in the lives of K-12 students who participate in our Student Cultural Art and Literary Program (SCALP) – a partnership formed 10 years ago with the Stamford Public Schools and Stamford Center for the Arts,” said Cooper.

Cooper has a long-standing relationship with The Links, Incorporated. In 2012, she received the ARTS Award from the Milford, Conn. Chapter; and since the inception of SCALP in 2004, the Fairfield County, Conn. Chapter has provided numerous community service hours to support the program.

Founded in 1946, The Links, Incorporated is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Links programming has five facets which include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services.

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