No, we are not referring to the classic Smokey Robinson track. In this case, it is a reference to the annual Cruisin' for St. Jude event, and more specifically, the support and work done by the North Metro (Atlanta) NPHC as they gear up for their second consecutive year of supporting the event and the larger cause.
The organization is a collection of the graduate chapters of predominantly-black fraternities and sororities, otherwise known as the "Divine 9". The larger focus of the "cruise" is to generate support for the children's hospital, whose larger mission centers around the treatment for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases along with the research needed in curing said diseases.
"We're excited to support such a worthy cause. We raised over $3200 last year (our first year of participating); our goal this year is to raise $6000", notes Michele LaLand, the president of the North Metro NPHC (and a member of the Gwinnett County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, one of the organizations that is a part of the council). Taking a look at their involvement last year lends an added sense of confidence and urgency in meeting their goals and supporting the cause.
On March 21st, the council plans on jump-starting their efforts by hosting their inaugural pre-event fundraiser, Cocktails for a Cause, at the Buckhead Club (3344 Peachtree Road NE on the 26th floor of the building). The "after-7" attire affair is designed for patrons 21 and older and runs from 6-9pm.
With the backdrop of the city skyline supplemented by the mature setting (complete with appetizers, music, and entertainment), a portion of the proceeds (from beverage sales) are benefiting the council's fundraising goal.
To ensure a quality time, prospective attendees are asked to RSVP via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition to the networking and support of the larger cause, the program manager for St. Jude (who is coming in directly from their offices in Memphis, TN) is available to provide additional references and resources.
When graduate chapters of organizations grounded in leadership in service such as (but not limited to) Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Lawrenceville and Hall County chapters), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Gwinnett and Hall County chapters), and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. come together for a needed and necessary cause, positive things can come from it. Likewise, given support from community partners Cycle Gear (of Lawrenceville) and the LDAC Foundation, the council's goal, along with the larger goals and purpose, can clearly be achieved.
RSVP as soon as possible (right now would be an ideal time) to come "cruising" next Friday (March 21st).