The St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted its first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic on June 4. The sold-out event at the Coliseum was the return of their signature Prayer Breakfast fundraiser.
ST. PETERSBURG — When the St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter (SPAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted their first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic, they united the community with fervor. The sold-out event at the Coliseum was the return of their signature Prayer Breakfast fundraiser.
This year, like every other, chapter members adorned the room in a wave of red and white, from coordinated garments to unique centerpieces. Vendors offering unique fashion and accessories lined the back walls of the Coliseum for attendees to shop.
The Prayer Breakfast was hosted on June 4, with every element of the event carefully orchestrated.
“After two and half years of holding events in the virtual space, it was great to see so many come out and support the 2022 Prayer Breakfast!” said Adrienne Reddick, chair of the prayer breakfast. “And what better way for the chapter to serve our community than an event that was like a healing balm to the soul.”
Bishop J.L. Wright, the event’s master of ceremony, guided the program with a warm and anointed presence. A choir assembled with SPAC members welcomed guests as they entered the Coliseum. At the same time, the audience was captivated by the essence of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church’s Pure Expressions praise dancers.
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, National Chaplain of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., delivered an inspirational word.
“Tell your neighbor, ‘Oh yes, I will,'” she began.
Bishop McKenzie delivered a message from the Lord that started with an analogy about a woman standing up in her spiritual she-shed and declaring, “I don’t have time for that.”
The magic of the morning was further celebrated by St. Petersburg’s own Charles Jenkins, who delivered an all-out “praise party.” He and his band performed several musical selections, including his top hits “Awesome” and “War.”
The program concluded with the presentation of scholarships to college-bound students as they strive to attain higher educational goals while honoring their achievements throughout their high school careers. A portion of the event’s proceeds sustains academic scholarships, youth initiatives, and community outreach programs.
St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter has awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships over the last two years to deserving students. Dr. Shameka S. Jones serves as the St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter President.