PsiAA Adopt-A-Hwy Oct 2020

On October 3, 2020, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. met to perform our final Adopt-A- Highway event of the 2020 Omega year. Over the past several years, our chapter has collaborated with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation to help clean up litter along Richmond Highway Corridor in East Fairfax County, VA.

Each year, nearly 18,000 Adopt-a-Highway volunteers collect more than 25,600 bags of waste along Virginia’s highways. The state of Virginia estimates that our assistance contributes to saving the commonwealth over $1.3 M that would have otherwise gone to clean up Virginia’s roads.

As mentioned earlier, this was our last cleanup of this Omega year. As with all things associated with the current COVID environment, we as a chapter ensured the health and welfare of all participants by compliance with social distancing, practicing good protective behaviors by wearing all appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Nineteen brothers, as well as two family members, volunteered to came out in support of this important and impactful initiative. All told, we collected fifteen bags of trash and debris. Based on the county’s calculation methodology of (Hours X participants), this equated to 42 work hours of community service. As we continue to operate in this arduous COVID environment, we as a chapter remain steadfast in our commitment to civic duty through our social action efforts

PsiAA Food Bank Sept 2020

Brothers after a great morning of work | Social Action - Food Bank | Sept 2020

On September 12, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. provided their service to the community by leading the effort in participating at the Capital Area Food Bank in Lorton, Virginia. There were 8 Brother and 2 volunteers who enjoyed an early Saturday morning giving back. As the music played throughout the morning, everyone enjoyed the old / new school tunes. The event was a huge success as we were able to package 1,006 bags filled with Pork, peanut butter, veg.soup, tomato soup, cream of mushrooms soup, and Tasteeos cereal.

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

Brothers Chisolm, Morris, Kelly, Williams, presenting check to Ms. Cheron Burns with Rx Catering | Social Action - First Responder Donation | Sept 2020

On September 15, 2020, the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., have joined forces to make a positive impact on the First Responders in Fairfax, County, Virginia, as a result of COVID-19. The Chapter’s Basileus (Brother Eric Kelly, Sr.) and the Foundation’s President (Brother Richard Morris) donated the fifth of five monthly contributions to Rx Catering – DC Metro. The fifth check for $1,000.00 was presented to Ms. Cheron Burns, owner, of Rx Catering at Greenspring Continuing Care Retirement Community, Springfield, Virginia. At the same event, Rx Catering donated 125 meals to Ms. Chandra Kumar, Executive Director of the Garden Ridge Complex for the nurses, staff, and residents. Other Chapter and Foundation attendees were Brothers W.J. Williams, Jr., Marvin Chisolm, and Kenneth Younger. As this joint COVID-19 effort comes to an end, we look forward to similar support in the coming fiscal year.

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

Friday, the 10th of July provided another opportunity for the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Bernie L. Bates Foundation to join in solidarity and demonstrate commitment to those in the front lines of the existing COVID-19 pandemic.  In concert with Rx Catering of Fairfax VA and on behalf of these organizations Chapter President Eric Kelly and Foundation President Richard Morris presented a check for $1,000 which was used to provide nourishment to hospital staff within the MedStar Medical Group.

Both organizations continue to look for opportunities to support those providing medical care to patients in DC, Virginia (inclusive of Fairfax County), and Maryland.  For the past 50 years Medstar has served the community with research, education, and medical service.  As a chapter and foundation, we remain determined to support those working on the front lines during these challenging times.  We stand committed to supporting those who working tirelessly on the front lines, making sacrifices to care for those in need of hope, love and protection from this scourge called COVID-19.

Psi Alpha Alpha St Jude – The Power of Giving 2020

   

On June 20, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc completed their participation in the fundraising efforts to support the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's initiative "St Jude & Omega - The Power of Giving fundraising". The Brothers are committed to continued support of the great work and mission of the St Jude Children's Research Hospital to provide healthcare to children in need and their family at no cost. The Brothers raised and donated a total amount of $1,155 contributing to the Third District total of $34,313 and International total fundraising efforts of $123,000. The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha look forward to continuing their annual support of the worthwhile cause.

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.