Monday, February 28, 2011

Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction

On Sunday, February 20, 2011, the chapter sponsored its Annual Jazz Brunch at Casa Mia Manor House located at 577 Route 303 in Blauvelt, NY.  The time of the event was 2pm until 6pm. 

The music was performed by Chip Shelton and his Peacetime Band.  All that were in attendance agreed that the venue was beautiful, the service was great and the food was outstanding and plentiful. 

This year's auction was the most successful of all our previous auctions. Mainly in part that there was no cost outlay by the chapter.  The prizes that were raffled off included a poster by David Hammons, a night stay at the Pearl River Hilton, lunch at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton, a body massage at the Fountain Spa, a Gary Goldburg consultation and cigar, a financial book Best Business Estate, a $50 gift certificate at Off the Hook, dinner with the Gordon's at CEJJES, and two New York Knicks tickets.  Bro. Gerald Inman, entertaining way of getting the audience involved netted the chapter $1050 in raffle sales.

All proceeds from this event support the Rockland Omega Community Development Foundation (ROCDEF) scholarships and other community service projects.  The brunch was established in 2007 to raise money for college scholarships and to invest in community service projects. ROCDEF looks for opportunities in the community to fund grassroots and hands-on projects such as Rockland Omega AcaDemy (ROAD), which works with teenager boys, and encourages self-esteem, good study habits, the pursuit of higher education and being civic-minded. The Foundation is recognized as a 501c3 organization.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

ROAD Mentoring Program - Black History Month

On February 19, 2011, The ROAD mentoring program sponsored a Black History Month program at Finkelstein library. Twenty-six mentees were in attendance. The program opened with a prayer. Brother Carl Jenkins presented a slide show of Omega Men starting with the Founders combined with other notable members of Omega. The program continued with the mentees reading their essays on the topic of "An African American Male that influenced them in their life". Assemblywomen Ellen Jaffe presented 4 of the mentees with state assembly proclamations. County Legislature Bro. Toney Earl addressed the young men with a speech on African American History. The guest speaker for the program was retired-NBA player Rafael Addison who provided the mentees with talk on life issues.