PsiAA and BLB, First Responder’s COVID-19 Catering Donation – June 2020

On June 1, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., joined forces to make a positive impact on the First Responders in Fairfax, County, Virginia who are diligently working to ensure they manage the health and care or our residents who has been impacted, as a result of COVID-19. The Chapter’s Basileus (Brother Eric Kelly, Sr.) and the Foundation’s Secretary (Brother Kenneth Younger) donated the second of five monthly contributions to Rx Catering – DC Metro. The check for $1,000.00 was presented to Ms. Cheron Burns, owner, at her office to provide an estimated 100 meals to the caregivers currently planned for the INOVA Alexandria Hospital Emergency Room, Alexandria, Virginia.

Dedication Distance Run – Ahmaud Arbery

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On May 8, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the Dedication Distance Run in support of social and judicial injustice towards the African American community. Ahmaud Arbery was senselessly killed while on a refreshing and leisurely jog through the city. There were several Brothers who participated by taking time from their busy schedules to perform a 2.23 mile walk/run/jog for such a worth while and worthy cause.

PsiAA NCAA Raffle 2020

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On April 19, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity held its primary fundraiser. This event raised over $32,000 this year. The first-place prize is normally a trip for two to the NCAA Final Four Championship basketball tournament which was to be held in 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. However, due to COVID-19, this event, like most other activities throughout the world, was cancelled. In an effort to continue to garner support for the NCAA Final Four Raffle, the first-place prize was changed to a $4,000 cash, the second-place prize was $500, the third-place prize was $250, and the fourth-place prize was $150.

The NCAA Final Four Raffle drawing was held virtually on April 19, 2020 in Woodbridge, VA at 5 p.m. and was streamed via ZOOM, Facebook, and other social media platforms—a first for this chapter! Proceeds from the raffle are awarded as scholarships for college-bound high school seniors and provide financial support for our community social action programs.

This year’s raffle winners were:

Grand Prize – Mr. Cleve Davis, $4,000 ( Ashburn, VA)

2nd Place – Mrs. Evelyn Parham, $500 (Newport News, VA)

3rd Place – Mr. Horris Gibson, $250 (Charlotte, NC) a Former 1st Place Winner

4th Place – Mr. Jaquis Gaskins, $150 (Manassas, VA)

Stay tuned for the 2021 NCAA Final Four Scholarship Raffle. We are incredibly grateful for your continued support of this event.
A special thank you to the committee especially Bro. Joe Briggs, Ben Floyd ‘the Brothers who participated and all of our Patrons.

PsiAA Talent Hunt 2020

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On March 7, 2020, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held an extraordinary Talent Hunt program in the beautiful auditorium of Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA. The curtains opened and the program began at 1pm in front of a supportive audience of Brothers, family, friends, and other residents of the community eager to support a great group of enthusiastic youth displaying their talents in the performing arts.  Thanks to the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha, assisted by family, friends, and volunteers, our collective efforts resulted in another magnificent Talent Hunt Competition.

We were privileged to have 10 great performers for PsiAA this year with acts ranging from vocalists, pianist, and instrumentation to dance.  All the student participants performed extremely well pleasing the crowd of newly minted fans and “wowing” the event judges.

Our Master of Ceremony was Brother Darren Haynes sports director for a local news organization. Brother Haynes was an excellent MC as he continued to get the audience engaged and attentive. His questions to the contestants allowed the audience to hear more information regarding reason how and why the performers do enjoy and showcase their talents.

With an extremely close competition this year, the judges had an arduous task selecting a winner.  Unfortunately, as with every year, one winner had to be selected. Out of our talented group of young performers, Ms. Kayla Anthony took the first place honors with a tremendous piano rendition of "Prelude Op. 3 #2", followed by Mr. Sterling Tilley III (second place) pianist-"Clair De Lune" , and Nicholas MaCatty (3rd place) soloist-"You and I".

Kayla Anthony will represent Psi Alpha Alpha in the District Talent Hunt during the 87th annual Third District Meeting on Saturday, April 18th.

The other participants were:

Zaire Ross - Soloist - "Rise Up"
Lawrence Wingfield -Pianist - "Piano Medley"
Elycia Woodham – Soloist - "Safe in his Arms"
Malachi Galloway - Soloist - "Tennessee Whiskey"
Damani Jackson - Dance - "Let Go, Let God"
Danyell Williams - Soloist - "A Change is Gonna Come"
Delia Boney - Dance - "Heaven"

ASALH 2020

 
PsiAA Chapter Brothers in Service at ASALH

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, along with other Third and Second District chapters, Executive Director, and Grand Officers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. attended the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) 94th Annual Black History luncheon - a celebration and tribute to the legacy of the Honorable Brother Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The luncheon was held at the Washington Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme was “African Americans and the Vote”. 

The PsiAA Brothers served in excellent and stellar fashion as greeters and host, as they do annually for this event. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Life Membership foundation presented a donation to the Smithsonian for $10,000 each for a total of $20,000. The 2020 Black Heritage stamp was unveiled presenting Mrs. Gwen Ifill, one of America’s most esteemed journalist, as the 43rd honoree of this prestigious award. The event speaker was Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

The event provided several black authors and vendor the opportunity to display their artistic talents. The “Featured Author” panel discussion was exceptional as always. The panel discussion was moderated by Pero G. Dagbovie, Editor, The Journal of African American History with the panelist consisting of Karine Jean-Pierre, Author, and MSNBC Political Analyst, Martha Jones, Historian and author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All, and Kaye Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Loyola University Maryland, Radio Host, Today with Dr. Kaye.  

PsiAA Daddy Daughter Dance 2020

  
Brother Tony Wells, Co-Chair of the Psi Alpha Alpha MANUP Program (left) and Bro. Freddie Fuller (right) enjoying an evening with their daughters.

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Brothers Tony Wells (PsiAA) and Freddie Fuller (PLL) participated in a phenomenal event at the Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center. Brother Tony Wells, Co-Chair of the Psi Alpha Alpha MANUP Program and Brother Freddie Fuller had a memorable date night with their daughters at the Daddy Daughter Dance. Brothers Wells and Fuller spent the evening dressing up and dancing the night away. This is a superb event to celebrate our daughters as well as building and solidifying the valued relationship between fathers and daughters. 

    
Bro. Fuller was learning the latest dance moves from his daughter (left) and Bro. Wells and his daughter were posing with their tiara’s at this wonderful event. February marks a month of several father and daughter dances throughout Northern Virginia and the DC metropolitan area as part fatherhood initiative. Bro. Wells and Bro. Fuller are active participants and supporters of this annual event.

MANUP Banquet Jan 2020

   

On January 29, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc MANUP Mentoring Program presented awards to the Mount Vernon High School Football team in Fairfax Virginia. There were 23 students who completed the 10 week study hall course from September thru November. The students were presented with certificates and the top 5 students received a $50 dollar gift cards courtesy of Target. The MANUP Program has over 40 students in the program and executes a bi-monthly lecture series at Mount Vernon High School throughout the school year.

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
~Kobe Bryant

    Bro. W.J Williams Jr. (Vice Basileus), Bro. Michael Frazier, Jordan Reid (12th Grade), Bro. Cozy Bailey Jr., Bro Tony Wells

    Bro. W.J Williams Jr. (Vice Basileus), Bro. Michael Frazier, Mekhi Robinson (10th Grade), Bro. Cozy Bailey Jr, Bro. Tony Wells

    Bro. W.J Williams Jr. (Vice Basileus), Bro. Michael Frazier, Bro. Robert Overbey (11th Grade), Bro. Cozy Bailey Jr., Bro. Tony Wells

    Bro. W.J Williams Jr. (Vice Basileus), Ta’Mon Hendricks (10th Grade), Bro. Michael Frazier

Reading for Success Jan 2020

Brother Gourdine providing excellent illustration during the reading session | R4S | Jan 10, 2020

On January 10, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc conducts its second read aloud, of the “Reading for Success” program at Riverside Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia, we were again welcomed by the Gifted Education Center Teacher, Third-Grade Teachers, and especially the Third-Grade Students.

The Second Read Aloud follows the Kickoff and First Read Aloud session on November 8, 2019. The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter known affectionately as “The Sirs,” supported six third-grade classes consisting of 125 eager students. Our reputation is well known, our services appreciated, and the chapter brothers excelled during the session.

The chapter’s Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., provided a new book for their individual reading library. We chose “Buddy Ran Away” by Thea Feldman, as a twenty-seventh book for their individual library. The book tells the story of a boy name Sam and his dog named Buddy who ran away while visiting the countryside. Buddy returned home after being missing for a week using instinct. The students easily related to the story since many of them had pets.

Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter was represented by thirteen brothers who served as reading mentors. Brothers Warren Bacote; Bradford Caldwell; James George; Sidney Gourdine; Brandon Grooms; Jerry Hubbard, Sr.; Frank Matthews; Clarence Miller; Danny Watson, Jr.; and coordinating this program was the chapter’s Social Action Coordinator, Brother Kenneth M. Younger.

“The Sirs” are proud of the fact that we have supported this program for the sixth school year. The brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter will continue to do their part to inspire these young readers and we look forward to the third of our four Read Aloud sessions in March 2020.

PsiAA Christmas Food Basket Donation 2019

 (L-R) Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell, Jacob Berenbroick, U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel) Robert Hart, the Installation Chaplain, and Brother Kenneth Younger, Social Action Coordinator.  The Shoppers gift cards presentation | Christmas Food Basket Donation | December 19, 2019

For well over 25 years, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter has provided Christmas baskets in the form of gift cards to deserving citizens selected by Gum Springs Community Center Director, Neighborhood and Community Services; and Fort Belvoir families selected by the Installation Chaplaincy.

This year’s project involved providing the community center $240 in gift cards for food from Shoppers Food Warehouse and the chaplaincy $300 in gift cards for food from the Fort Belvoir Commissary – for a total donation of $540.

Both donations were made on December 19, 2019, by our Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell and Brother Kenneth Younger, Social Action Coordinator.  The Shoppers gift cards were presented to Jacob Berenbroick, Program Director, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, at the Gum Springs Community Center and were won by a raffle at the senior citizens holiday luncheon held that day.

   (L-R) Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell, Jacob Berenbroick, Program Director, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, and Brother Kenneth Younger, Social Action Coordinator.  The Shoppers gift cards presentation | Christmas Food Basket Donation | December 19, 2019

The second presentation was made to U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel) Robert Hart, the Installation Chaplain, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  Chaplain Hart will ensure deserving military families receive the $300.00 in commissary gift cards through the chaplaincy so that they, too, can enjoy a more joyous Christmas season.

As the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in 2019, we are humbled as we “uplift” others this Christmas.

MANUP Donation to MVHS Youth Dec 18, 2019

The Psi Alpha Alpha MANUP Program of Fairfax Virginia donated $1000 to Mount Vernon High School in support of one of the students in need for the Christmas Holiday’s on December 18, 2019. (L-R; Monty Fritts III, Coach MVHS Football Team | Bro. Michael Frazier, MANUP Vice Chairman)

On December 18, 2019, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. joined together to ensure a youth and his family has something for the holiday, since he lost his mother. The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha generously donated $1,000 to a worthy MVHS student and family in need of uplift. The MANUP Program services the MVHS Majors in conducting a speaking series throughout the scholastic year and sponsors a 10-week study hall program for 90+ students on the MVHS Football teams from freshman to varsity.

The MANUP Program mentorship program started its partnership with MVHS in January of 2019. The program has since provided over 20 series of speaking events and activities for the young students in Fairfax County to learn and establish friendships with college educated professionals while establishing a professional network. The MANUP Program has over 40 students currently within MVHS.

Quote:

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding;
And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving.
And is there aught you would withhold?
All you have shall someday be given;
Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors'.

See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving.
For in truth it is life that gives unto life while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.

Kahlil Gibran