Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Savannah Alumnae Chapter celebrated its Diamond Jubilee Gala at the Hyatt Hotel Harborview Room on May 14, 2016. The seventy-fifth anniversary gala was the culminating event for the chapter’s seventy-fifth year celebration of sisterhood, scholarship, and service to the Savannah-Chatham County community. The past year, the chapter participated in “Thirteen Acts of Service” as a tribute to the thirteen charter members of Savannah Alumnae Chapter. The theme: Celebrating 75 Years of Sisterhood and Service.
The highlight of the festive evening was the surprise unveiling of the “Edna Branch Jackson Community Service Scholarship.” Through the years, the chapter has awarded the annual $1,000 community service scholarship to a deserving senior young lady who has been involved in countless hours of service to the community. For the first time, the chapter voted to name the scholarship in honor of someone. The obvious surprise was overwhelming for Savannah’s former Mayor as she unsuccessfully fought to overcome tears. She said, “It is such an honor that my sorors would think of me as being deserving of this kind of recognition. This is totally unexpected, and such a humbling experience. I pledge to work hard and raise money so that this scholarship will be well-funded. I’m so grateful. This is one of the best things that has happened in my life! Why didn’t you tell me about this?” The scholarship is a tribute to Edna Jackson for her many years of community service, and political involvement.
Music for the evening was provided by violinist, Michael Houston and Deep End Band. The gala was the chapter’s fundraising event for the year. Proceeds from the event will benefit the chapter’s scholarship program, which provides over $10,000 in scholarships to area youth each year; three youth mentoring programs – Delta Academy, Delta GEMS, and EMBODI; and numerous other community service projects.
Deltas ended the evening with a toast to the thirteen charter members of the chapter.
Savannah Alumnae Chapter extends thanks to sponsors of the event the entire community for its continued support.