St. Pete Sigmas to honor living legends

ST. PETERSBURG — The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. will celebrate 102 years of service Jan. 9 at the Harold Seltzer’s Steakhouse.

The “Evening of Blue & White” will be a semi-formal celebration hosted by the local chapter. Members, elected officials and guest will gather to honor members who have reached the momentous milestone of 50 plus years of membership in the prestigious organization.

Each honoree will be recognized for their contributions to one of the three national principles of the fraternity: Samuel Kicklighter, last living charter member, for brotherhood; Reuben Nesbitt for scholarship and Thomas “Jet” Jackson for service.

Under the leadership of Chapter President Cedric Ferrell and Corey Givens Jr., event chair, the fraternity members will present Emma Cavin, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., with the 2016 Dove Award.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be well-respected Bay area physician Dr. Fredrick Guerrier, who is also a member of the fraternity.

During the inaugural Founders’ Day Banquet, the fraternity will announce the kick-off of their Sigma Sundays Scholarship Award. The initiative will officially launch in January to support the educational needs of students and youth ministries in churches throughout south St. Petersburg. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $1,200 in total.

Other event highlights include proclamation presentations by the City of St. Petersburg, Pinellas County School Board and the office of Congresswoman Kathy Castor.

For more information, contact Bro. Corey Givens Jr. at (727) 433-5477.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded on January 9, 1914, at Howard University in Washington, DC. Led by International President Jonathan A. Mason, Sr.; the organization equips college-educate men with the tools necessary to improve the social and economic conditions of communities worldwide.

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