Submitted by Valerie Mackritis
Princess Anne Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (PAAC), hosted its 4th annual “Brothers Who Burn” Fundraising event along with community outreach on May 7, 2022, at First Baptist Family Life and Cultural Center in Salisbury, MD.
The biennial event hosts popular local males from Maryland’s Eastern Shore who are well known for preparing their signature dish. These gentlemen are community notables based on their ability to cook a pot of the tastiest morsels, including shrimp gumbo, white potato pie and wet cornbread. All proceeds from the fundraiser supported PAAC in providing resources in the service area. These services include: providing scholarships to local graduates, adopting staff at a local high school, and sponsoring additional community outreach events.
In addition to enjoying a savory meal, local groups joined the chapter to share pertinent information with the community. Among the group in attendance were: Mayor Jake Day of Salisbury, MD who shared his appreciation for the work PAAC is doing in the community. Mayor Day emphasized, “you are truly making an impact in this community.”
Eastern Shore’s Historian Dr. Clara Smalls displayed her collection of African-American figurines. Dr. Smalls is a Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University. Also, law enforcement agencies joined along with Maryland’s National Guard, which hosted a vaccine clinic. This was a one-stop event for food, fun, and community engagement.
Everyone enjoyed the day before heading to the dance floor for old school music. PAAC members also did a little stepping and strolling to further engage the audience.
The event ended with Chapter President Dr. Kimberly Purvis saluting the participants with a certificate of appreciation. She assured the community that this biennial event would be back in 2024 and thanked the community for their continued support of the chapter.
Princess Anne Alumnae Chapter offers many thanks to its community partners including @mdarng.easternshore and @spdrecruitment.