Black and Gold Holiday Gala puts children first

BY ALLEN A. BUCHANAN, Columnist

ST. PETERSBURG — The Theta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. held its annual Black and Gold Holiday Gala at the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida in their Grand Ballroom last Sat., Dec. 6.  The event encouraged everyone to bring a toy for a needy child.

For the last eight years, the local Alphas have donated toys to the Enoch Davis Center, where they are given to needy children in the community a couple of days before Christmas.

“The financial proceeds from the event have been donated to support community organizations like the NAACP, the Urban League and the Community Benevolent Cancer Fund (which is not in existence anymore),” said Brother Willie Felton Jr.

This year over 150 people showed up to support the community service efforts of Alpha Phi Alpha. According to Felton, proceeds also help to fund the Alpha Project that has been in existence for the last 18 years.

“The project annually recruits eighth, ninth and 10th grade boys, 12-15 years old to groom as future inductees and leaders in the alumni organization of the Theta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.,” said Felton Jr.

An excellent full-course dinner, dancing and live entertainment rounded out the evening.

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