Saturday, June 30, 2001

Neighborhoods


Fraternity tees off for education

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        To expand its scholarship program to include more youths from Cincinnati's depressed areas, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is taking the issue to the golf course.

        The Cincinnati alumni chapter is sponsoring a fun-filled benefit golf scramble.

        Well, um, not just for pleasure. Their concentration is not so much on slices, hooks and fades, but more on raising more money to increase the scholarship amounts.

        Myron Brown, president of Delta Gamma Lambda, said the chapter's education foundation awarded eight scholarships last year — six for $1,000 and two for $500.

        “This year, we want to give eight scholarships, $1,000 apiece,” Mr. Brown said.

        The golf scramble will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 at the Grizzly Championship Course, Kings Island Golf Center.

        Deadline for entries is Friday. Corporate sponsorships must be in by July 16.

        The scramble is open to men and women and will include 18 holes of golf, raffle prizes and a picnic lunch.

        “In the midst of the racial turmoil we are having, we want to reach into the depressed neighborhoods and offer these youths some hope,” said LeVonn Berry, a co-chairman of the event.

        The golf scramble is one of many ways organizations are trying to heal the wounds caused by the racial disturbances after the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

        Fraternity members are reaching for industry participation. Alan Dulin, corporate sponsorship chairman, said this is a perfect time for corporations to partner with an African-American organizations in a worthy cause.

        “The community unrest of this past April disturbed us all. Here is a chance to donate to a local foundation dedicated to promoting education in the very neighborhoods where most of the rioting occurred,” Mr. Dulin said.

        For more information, call Harold Brown, 751-1226 or leave a message on the Alpha hot line, 308-7006.

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        EVENDALE — The St. Rita Festival is set for July 13-15 on the school grounds, 1720 Glendale-Milford Road.

        Proceeds from the festival helps defray the cost of tuition.

        The school has 127 hearing-impaired children, ages 6 months to 21 years. Nearly all the families receive tuition assistance. It costs more than $10,000 a year to attend St. Rita and more than $17,000 a year to live on campus.

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        Union Baptist Church, 405 W. Seventh St. downtown, takes pride in its age and service to the community.

        In June and July, the church is celebrating both its 170 years in Cincinnati, and its recognition as an important spiritual center.

        Its July 22 service will include two sessions with the theme “In His Footsteps.”

        Xavier University history professor Walker Gollar will speak at the 10:45 a.m. service. He will focus on the contributions Union Baptist members made to the development of Cincinnati during the pre-Civil War period.

        The Rev. Donald Jordan, pastor of Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black church in Cincinnati, will be the speaker at the 4 p.m. service.

        The church celebrated on June 17 with a special service, “Generation to Generation,” in which it recognized families who had been members of the church for four generations.

        Allen Howard's column runs Saturdays. Call: 768-8362. Mail: The Cincinnati Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
       

       



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