Wilmington Alumnae Lifts Every Praise During Sold-Out Breakfast

Submitted by Elizabeth Neal and Dawnée Watson-Bouie

Lord, we thank you! Lord, we praise you for allowing the Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter (“WAC”) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (“DST”) to sponsor a prayer breakfast with a sold-out audience of more than 600. This included numerous Delta vendors. The highly-successful event was a scholarship fundraiser in support of the chapter’s 22 participants of Jabberwock 2022, which raised approximately $20, 000.

The Prayer Breakfast was held on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Chase Center on the Wilmington Delaware  Riverfront. Delta Outreach and Education Center, Inc. (“DOEC”) served as the chapter fiscal  administrator for the event. Rev. Shavon Arline-Bradley, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, was the guest speaker. She was passionate and inspiring with a powerful message for the multi-generational audience of men, women, and teens. Soror Arline-Bradley currently serves as president and chair of the board of directors for D4Women in Action. She is the immediate past co-chair of the National Social Action Commission of DST and served on the DST National Board of Directors.

Soror Glenda C. Brewington, President of WAC, delivered an especially heartfelt, gracious welcome; Soror Rosie Allen-Herring, Eastern Regional Director, extended very warm-hearted greetings; and Rev. Natalie Alford, Eastern Regional Chaplain, offered a powerful prayer and table blessing. Other National and Regional leadership in attendance included, but may not be all encompassing, Soror Doreen Dixon, Past Chair, National Finance Committee, Soror Robin Jacobs, Past Eastern Regional Director and Delaware State Coordinator, Soror Tasha Butler. Greetings and remarks were also delivered by Soror Morgan Franklin, President, DOEC, Inc. The very able and inspirational Mistress of Ceremonies was Soror Andrea Collins-White, Assistant Chaplain WAC.

A brief Praise and Worship period was provided by the “Violet Voices,” who blessed the audience with perfect pitch and Tony Smith, a local trumpeter, who provided some excellent sounds. The Violet Voices is comprised of sorors from each of the four Delaware alumnae chapters. When they appeared later in the program, they inspired the audience to stomp their feet, clap their hands and rise and sing along with them. Another very welcomed addition to the program was praise dancer, Soror Kaylynn Pride, who also wooed the audience.

The coordinated efforts of the prayer breakfast co-chairs, sub-committee chairs and members and other chapter members resulted in this event being an enormous success. The chapter offers  congratulations to the 22 Jabberwock participants for their journey thus far and extend our best wishes to them for their promising future.

Jabberwock 2022 was held on the University of Delaware campus at the Clayton Hall Conference Center on Saturday, Nov. 12. The theme for this year’s program was “Crowning Black Excellence…Continuing a Legacy of Greatness.”

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