Commandress Ball honors Dt. Lena Davis, Illustrious Commandress

Holding a replica of the scholarship award are, from left, Dt. Barbara Brown, co-chair of the Ball, Dt. Lena Davis, Illustrious Commandress, Mariah Hicks, scholarship recipient, LaVonna Hicks, mother of Mariah, and Dt. Lavera Scott, chairperson of the Ball.


Under great organizational leadership, Dt. Lena M. Davis, Illustrious Commandress of Mecca Court #73, Toledo, is proudly serving in their 90th year.

The 53rd annual Commandress Ball honored Dt. Lena Davis on October 8, at the Radisson Hotel on the campus of the University of Toledo Medical Center. The event commemorates their years of existence, charity and benevolence to the city.

Guests traveled from all over the state including Cleveland, Elyria, Youngstown, Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati, Springfield, and Dayton, as well as from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.

During the weekend, Dt. Davis awarded a scholarship from the “Charlesena Harrison Smith Scholarship Foundation,” in the amount of $1000.00, to Mariah Hicks, a 2016 graduate of Toledo Early College, and a current freshman at Kent State University.

In order to be consider for the scholarship, Ms. Hicks, who is majoring in communications, had to present her high school transcripts, and current college grades, show that she has been involved in community service that exemplifies leadership skills, and write an essay about her future goals, and how those goals will help her benefit her community.

The scholarship bears the name of the Past Imperial Commandress, Charlesena H. Smith, who served as the 42nd Imperial Commandress, from 2009-2011.

Mecca Court 73, with a membership of 83, has been instrumental in numerous community involvement projects over the past 90 years. Many of those events, which promote charity, and benevolence within the community, have caused them to receive media coverage.

Under the leadership of Dt. Davis, Mecca Court 73 has made numerous donations including, school supplies to area schools, as well as donations made to the homeless, nursing homes, and the Ronald McDonald House.

At the beginning of its formation, Mecca Court 73 had only 12 Courts, but currently boosts of having over 200 Courts worldwide, including in the countries Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Bahamas, as well as, the United States.