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Beautiful Butterflies mission is geared towards supporting the individuals with Lupus and their village of support (i.e. their family, friends, and caregivers). With so many people affected by this illness, Beautiful Butterflies is an advocate for increasing public awareness and garnering private sector support to advance research for Lupus.

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Scholarship Recipients

Dear Charlotte Mecklenburg Chapter of Las Amigas, Incorporated,


It comes with great joy to share just how much the Charlotte Mecklenburg Chapter of Las Amigas, Incorporated has blessed our family over the past 12 years.  It is because of Mrs. Cynthia Shepard that both my son, Allonte’ Tuppins and daughter, Carrington Lue-Hing were both nominated and recognized by your illustrious organization.  We owe Mrs. Shepherd a heartfelt thank you for all of her support over the years.


Allonte’ graduated in 2009 from Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina.  The Charlotte Mecklenburg Chapter of Las Amigas recognized him for his academics and community service and awarded him a scholarship toward his education at North Carolina Central University.  In 2014, Allonte’ graduated with a BS in Psychology and Business.  Today, he owns and operates a commercial cleaning business and trucking company.  He is also a licensed master barber.  Most of all, he continues to carry the torch and bless others as Las Amigas blessed him.  He is intentional about educating and empowering young people who cross his path by encouraging them and teaching them entrepreneurship.


Carrington graduated from high school in 2021. Her path was quite different from her brothers in that she was home schooled.  However, Mrs. Shephard saw something great in my daughter and nominated her to be recognized 12 years after her brother.  Due to the pandemic, we were unable to meet in person but the Charlotte Mecklenburg Chapter of Las Amigas, Incorporated created a heartwarming virtual recognition ceremony for our students to be highlighted for their achievements and blessed them with beautiful certificates.  Carrington is furthering her education at Hussian College in Los Angeles where she is pursuing a BA in Commercial Dance.  She aspires to become a Creative Director among other pursuits in the world of entertainment and enjoys giving back by teaching young people to become the best version of themselves through the art of dance.


It is because of your organization’s steadfast and committed mission “to enhance the quality of life and promote the general improvements of the communities in which you serve” that my family has been blessed.  Bishop Desmond Tutu once said, “To stand out in a crowd, only means you are standing on the shoulders of others.”  Indeed, my children have a tremendous village and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Chapter of Las Amigas, Incorporated is an integral part of both Allonte’s and Carrington’s journeys.  Young people need all the encouragement they can get and we thank you from the bottom of our grateful hearts for lifting them up on your beautiful and tremendous shoulders to say, “We see you; we applaud you, now keep lifting higher and paying it forward.”  Mrs. Cynthia Shephard and Charlotte Mecklenburg Chapter of Las Amigas, Incorporated, WE THANK YOU!





Pamela Lue-Hing