Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Charlotte Alumnae Chapter announces Community Day 2011, a day of health and wellness targeted to children and families.
The event will be held Saturday April 30, 2011, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ivory Baker Recreation Center, 1920 Stroud Avenue, Charlotte, N.C. This year’s theme is It’s A Family Affair.
The event will offer activities for the entire family. For example, in addition to traditional health screenings, the day will feature: door prizes, refreshments, entertainment, a mini fitness class, nutrition seminar, an Ask the doctors segment, product samples and a children’s zone (physical activities, arts & crafts, etc.). The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
“I am excited about this year’s Community Day,” says Desiree Rew, chapter president. This day is a great opportunity for families to be reminded that their physical health is very important.”
The community day expo event falls under the sorority’s Physical and Mental Health program, a national initiative. “The community should support this event because there will be a great deal of free health information that disproportionately impact African-American communities,” says Melinda Butler, who along with sorority member Tia Bullet are chairs of the event.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. These students used their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to the community via public service projects.
The sorority, incorporated in 1930 is centered on a five-point programmatic thrust: economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health and political awareness and involvement. The national office is in Washington, D.C.
Delta has over 200,000 members worldwide and the roster reads like a Who’s Who among African-American women. Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre is the current 24th national president of the sorority.
The Charlotte Alumnae Chapter, (part of the South Atlantic region) was founded in 1942, has 600+ members and is one of largest chapters in the country. In 1991, a 501 (3) (c) fundraising affiliate – Deltas of Charlotte, Incorporated was created as the nonprofit arm of the sorority.
To date, over $600,000 has been given back annually to the Charlotte community via college scholarships and donations to nonprofit organizations. The chapter’s signature event is the annual Debutante Cotillion, held for over 40 years.
Other chapter projects include Kids Voting, Health and Wellness Expo, and Delta Academy/Delta Gems (programs where middle-school aged and high school aged girls are mentored).
For additional information or media inquiries on Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, contact Desiree Rew, Chapter President at 704-699-3138, or visit www.charlottedst.org or www.deltasigmatheta.org.