Psi Phi Omega Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
P.O. Box 22385
Baltimore, MD 21203

Email: PRESS@akaeastbaltimore.com

Web: www.akaeastbaltimore.com

For Immediate Release: July, 2015

Alpha Kappa Alpha – Psi Phi Omega Chapter
Reflects On 2015 Baltimore Service

Community service was the focus of the celebration Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Psi Phi Omega chapter, hosted on Sunday, June 21, in East Baltimore at the Humanim corporate building. Dignitaries ranging from Mr. Telly Lovelace, representing Governor Larry Hogan, to representatives from the offices of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Marilyn Mosby, the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City; City Councilman Carl Stokes, and Ingrid Turner, former president of the Prince George’s County Council, gathered to acknowledge the work that members of Psi Phi Omega chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s newest chapter in Baltimore City, have carried out during the first half of 2015. Psi Phi Omega chapter members and representatives from other local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority were also in attendance.

In January 2015, Psi Phi Omega members kicked off “Launching New Dimensions of Service,” the sorority’s new international program. Since that time, chapter members have devoted countless volunteer hours to projects as varied as ASCEND, the sorority’s signature youth enrichment program; the One Million Backpacks project which involves collecting and donating school supplies and backpacks for children in local schools; Family Seasonal Wraps, an initiative to collect and donate such items as coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to families in need; the sorting and boxing of items at the Maryland Food Bank; Pink Goes Red for Heart Health, a stroke prevention and heart health promotion program; and the Metropolitan Baltimore 1908 Playgrounds Project, an ongoing effort to refurbish dilapidated community and school playgrounds.

“Launching New Dimensions of Service” addresses local community needs with programs in five target areas: Target I, Educational Enrichment; Target II, Health Promotion; Target III, Family Strengthening; Target IV, Environmental Ownership; and Target V, Global Impact.

In addition to saluting Psi Phi Omega chapter’s programs of service, Larzoria Clark, Eric Daniels, Terrell Toomer, Emily Beltran, DeAnna Krebs, and Tanjhinique Smalls, students from the National Academy Foundation School who completed the inaugural ASCEND program, were recognized. Courageous Community Leadership awards were presented to Governor Larry Hogan; Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Bernard C. “Jack” Young, President of the Baltimore City Council; Councilman Carl Stokes; and Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City for their service and leadership in the recent Baltimore City riots.

Engraved plaques were also presented to each of the five 2015 Evening of the Arts honorees: The Late Mary Shy Scott Advancements in Arts Education Award to Marcus Smith; The Jan Spivey Gilchrist Visual Arts Award to Mark Cottman; The Late Dr. Nathan M. Carter Arts Lifetime Achievement Award to GRAMMY Nominated Artist Maysa Leak; The Jada Pinkett Smith Applied Arts Award to Mika Eubanks; and, The Norma Solomon White Trailblazers in the Arts Award to Angel Chinn.

Ms. Ingrid Turner, a Congressional candidate and former president of the Prince George’s County Council, delivered “The Service Charge: One Baltimore.”