Around the year 1991, hip-hop artist LL Cool J re-released a version of a track from his "Walking With A Panther" album entitled "Jingling Baby". The song is more of a selection celebrating the activities and actions of a house-party, as people are able to move and groove in a very relaxed and easy-going frame of mind.
Fast forward to this evening, Saturday, December 14th, from 9pm-2am, the member organizations of the North Metro Pan Hellenic Council are doing so, but doing so with more in mind than just celebrating. Fresh off their successful 2012-2013 year which provides them with national recognition, this evening's affair is also an opportunity to support the immediate community their chapter serves.
After being recognized for their efforts as the Graduate Council of the Year, Program of the Year (Crusin' for St Jude), and Graduate Soror of the Year (current President, Michelle LaLand, a member of the Gwinnett Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.), tonight helps accentuate the building, bonding, and service that is a trademark of the chapter since its establishment in 2006. Patrons are asked to a stuffed animal to lend support to the ABC2 Project, which is conducted by one of the member chapters, the Loganville-Conyers (Sigma Eta Lambda) Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and area nonprofit the LEAD Foundation, Inc.
"Our success is grounded in not only support of our fellow Black Greek Letter Organizations, but identifying ways we can make a positive impact in our communities", notes Ms. LaLand.
Fellow member and chapter president Christopher Banks adds, "We are looking forward to this evening's event. With the support from our fellow organizations, along with the general public, we are able to help provide some much needed holiday cheer and excitement for a number of kids and families during the holiday season with our deliveries and distribution of stuffed animals to area childrens' hospitals and clinics".
With member chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha (Loganville-Conyers), Alpha Kappa Alpha (Lawrencville and Gainesville), Kappa Alpha Psi (Lawrenceville-Duluth), Omega Psi Phi (Duluth), Delta Sigma Theta (Gwinnett and Gainesville), Phi Beta Sigma (North Fulton County), and Zeta Phi Beta (Lawrenceville), service to the community is not only a central theme of all of the organizations, but lending support to the community and for each other is another central and binding theme. Tonight's event is one of a number of ways in which multiple tiers of support is provided.
Partying with a purpose; they're jingling and jamming to the sound of service.