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A good weekend for Black Greek Letter Organizations

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The weekend is usually a fun and festive time to get out and about, release, and relax with family and friends. Combined with warmer weather, and who doesn't want to get out there and enjoy all that the weekend offers?

Ranging from establishment dates (of their larger organizations) from 1906 to 1963, fraternities and sororities that are members of the "Divine 9" have a long standing tradition of leadership and service to the greater communities they serve. From time to time, they'll provide some sound social activities and outlets for adults (and kids) to partake of.

This weekend, a number of organizations are providing a balanced set of events to partake of. Some do have a cost, but the costs are going to support their community endeavors. Another organization is having an event to officially charter and commence with providing service in one of the metro-Atlanta communities, but all in all, events such as these are examples of what is good about Black Greek Letter Organizations, and all are taking place this weekend for their members, fellow fraternity members, fellow sorority members, and the greater community to partake of.

On Friday, May 16th, the South Metro Atlanta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Rho Sigma Lambda Chapter), based in McDonough, are hosting their "Greek Explosion" meet and greet event from 6-10pm at Skyboxx Restaurant and Lounge (2180 Mount Zion Parkway in Morrow). The event is free and open to fellow organization members and the general public for a mature audience (adults and professionals); for more details, you are encouraged to contact the chapter (click here).

On Saturday, May 17th, there are a serious of events that provide a sound series ranging from the social to the celebratory. The Stone Mountain Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter) is hosting its Denim and Pearls Scholarship Luncheon. It takes place at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (DeKalb Conference Center) from 12-3pm. Ticket prices for this event are $20 for children under 10 and $45 for adults; in addition to recognition of Shaneesa Ashford (State of Georgia Director for the sorority with the 2014 Distinguished Zeta - Diamond Award) and DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson (with the Dr. Jylla Moore Tearte Community Involvement Award), the chapter is awarding two $1000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the metro-area. For details and ticket availability, please visit their site (click here).

The Eastern Metro area is welcoming the newest chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to the metro area on May 17th as well. The Loganville-Conyers Chapter (Sigma Eta Lambda) is hosting its chartering ceremony at Redemptive Life Christian Fellowship Church (406 Pleasant Hill Road NW in Conyers) from 1-3pm. This business attired event is designed to formally "activate" the chapter as it embarks on providing an added tier of community integration, leadership, and service to the Eastern Gwinnett County and interlocking Rockdale County area. After the ceremony, there is a reception to provide an additional welcome to the chapter members; for details, please visit their event listing (click here).

Later in the evening of the 17th, the Lawrenceville-Duluth Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Alpharetta Chapter (Delta Mu Mu) of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. are hosting their signature social events, the Kappa Luau and Sundresses and Seersuckers (respectively). The "LDAC" chapter's event includes tickets for their kickoff event the night before (on the 16th) with an "all-white" attire themed party at 1818 Club (6500 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth) along with the all-afternoon and evening affair at The Vines Botanical Garden and Mansion (3500 Oak Grove Road in Loganville), complete with DJ's and live music acts ranging from the genres of r and b and jazz-influences. The Alpharetta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc's event takes place at the Heritage of Sandy Springs (6110 Bluestone Road in Sandy Springs); combined with a very scenic outdoor setting, the live concert featuring the Jukebox Band, and afterparty at Taboo 2 Bar and Bistro (6075 Roswell Road in Atlanta), it provides a quality outing for a mature audience. The ticket sales for both organizations are going into support for their community-based programming.

Clearly, this weekend, like many, are packed with some workable options to appeal to multiple audiences. Thanks to our Black Greek Letter Organizations, the events noted for this weekend provide metro-Atlanta with a balance of events designed to provide a creative outlet for adults and others in the area. All have some level of connectivity of service, ranging from fundraising, scholarship awards, and simply making the community aware of a new presence and resource grounded in outreach and service.

It's more than just a party, and that is another reason for the weekend being as good as it gets.

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