Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Members of the Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.

The Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host its annual First Night Gala from 7 p.m. to midnight on Jan. 4 at the Rocky Mount Event Center.

The Gala is an annual fundraising event to help the chapter fund its numerous community service programs and activities benefiting the youth and citizens of Nash and Edgecombe counties. This year’s Gala theme is Harlem Nights — Roaring into the 20s.

Signature programs sponsored by the Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter include the Jabberwock Scholarship Program, the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy and the Dr. Jeanne L. Nobles GEMS.

The 2019 Jabberwock Program netted more than $100,000, which aided 18 young ladies from area high schools with scholarships to assist with college matriculation. The Delta Academy and GEMS programs involve Saturday enrichment sessions and provide mentoring to young ladies in middle and high school to help prepare them to become successful adults.

Among other programs and activities, the chapter sponsors a local World AIDS Day recognition, Summer Read-In program and America Red Cross Blood Drive; volunteers as Salvation Army Bell Ringers; participates in the St. Jude Walk for Childhood Cancer; Nash and Edgecombe counties Relay for Life; and the Rocky Mount Heart Walk. In addition, the chapter also supports The Boys and Girls Club, My Sister House and other local civic organizations.

For more than 70 years, the Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter has provided effective and impactful programs directly aligned with the Sorority’s National Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health and Political Awareness and Involvement.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., a sisterhood of college-educated women dedicated to public service, was founded by 22 courageous women on Jan. 13, 1913, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. The Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter was chartered on April 4, 1947, by 21 outstanding women who had the vision and desire to provide collective volunteer service to citizens in the cities and communities of Nash and Edgecombe counties.

Tickets for the Gala are $45, which includes an evening of entertainment and a plated dinner served at 8 p.m. and can be purchased through EventBrite. Guests are welcome to dress in Harlem Nights-themed 20s attire; semi-formal attire is required.

The Gala is being sponsored in conjunction with the Delta Center for Life Development 501©3 nonprofit organization.

The president of the chapter is Barbara B. Smith.