|Reception Held to Welcome International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to Birmingham as Pink Goes Red for a Day|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 09 February 2012 12:46|
Pink goes Red
L-R: Mona Jackson, Armigene Skipwith, Tracey Morant Adams, Rena Ramsey, Terricetta McCall, Carolyn House Stewart, Ophelia Hill, Eleanor Barnes, Lydia Alexander, Brooke Adams, Tammy Fincher, Annie Bushelon Holt.
Alpha group pic: Orlando Thomas, Carolyn House Stewart, AKA International President and Justin Hendricks
Fatima Carter, Destini Bone, Terricetta McCall, Stephanie Ayers- Millsap, and Tammy Fincher.
One Roof Pic: L-R: Terricetta McCall, Omicron Omega chapter president; Michelle Farley, Executive Director – One Roof; and Attorney Carolyn House Stewart, International President of AKA Sorority, Inc.
Second pic: L-R: Earlie Simmons, Board Member of Children’s Village, Terricetta McCall, Omicron Omega chapter president; and Attorney Carolyn House Stewart, International President of AKA Sorority, Inc.
Rain did not stop Birmingham’s finest from welcoming the International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) to Birmingham. On Friday, Feb 3, members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., along with local civic leaders, greeted the International President of AKA, Attorney Carolyn House Stewart of Tampa, Florida. The reception was hosted by members of Omicron Omega Chapter and its charitable arm, the Cultural Educational Advancement Foundation (CEAF) at the Sheraton Hotel. Reception highlights included presentations to Stewart made by local AKA chapter presidents Terricetta McCall, Brooke Adams and C. Rena Ramsey.
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. who are known for their sorority colors of salmon pink and apple green, wore red to bring awareness of women’s heart health. “Pink Goes Red” for a day is an international initiative for the sorority to support National Wear Red Day® to fight heart disease. Women attending the reception received the signature red dress pin from the American Heart Association and healthy living literature.
The reception concluded with monetary donations being presented to Michelle Farley, Executive Director of One Roof and Mrs. Earlie Simmons, Board Member of Children’s Village. “The chapter has enjoyed the partnerships we have forged with One Roof and Children’s Village over the years. This reception was an opportunity for our International President to see firsthand how we implement our program initiatives locally,” said the President of Omicron Omega, Ms. Terricetta McCall. The reception was the kick-off to the chapters Founders’ Day Celebration which featured Stewart as speaker. The Founder’s Day program is chaired by Mrs. Hazel Hosey and co-chaired by Annie Bushleon Holt of Birmingham, Alabama.
Others in attendance included Orlando Thomas of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Wayne Hunter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Gwendolyn Tilghman, Mona B. Jackson, Cecilia Crenshaw, Hazel D. Hosey, Iverlynn Dudley, Dorothy Wilson, Tammy Fincher, Dr. Lydia Alexander, Patricia McAdory, Fatima Carter, Dr. Kena Byrd, Eleanor Barnes, Dr. Jamie Bell, MD, Stephanie Ayers-Millsap, Tracey Morant Adams, Kristy Stewart, Doris Cook, Ophelia Hill, Dr. Lisa Gary, Thomasyne Smith, Sandra Hall, Karen Lee, and Tina Minor.
For more than 87 years Omicron Omega has given service to the community and awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships annually. Organizations that Omicron Omega and its charitable arm, the Cultural and Education Foundation (CEAF) support include Birmingham AIDS Outreach, One Roof, Sickle Cell Foundation, UNCF, Miles College, Children’s Hospital– Magic Moments and March of Dimes. In addition to providing monetary contributions to various charities, the members of the chapter volunteer hundreds of hours each year to programs that include First Light, Jessie’s Place, Salvation Army and Greater Birmingham Ministries.
Omicron Omega Chapter received its charter in 1924 becoming the 15th chapter of the sorority and the first graduate chapter to be chartered in the South Eastern Region. The chapter’s membership has included more than 270 professional women.
Alpha Kappa Alpha is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. For more information about the Omicron Omega Chapter or AKA visit www.akaomicronomega.net or www.aka1908.org.