Delta’s spring soiree, Jabberwock 2010, raises dollars for scholars

Dubbed spring’s “must attend affair,” Jabberwock 2010, presented by D’Estee Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Chicago Alumnae Chapter, is Saturday, 7 p.m.-midnight, at South Shore Cultural Center. “Club Delta II: A

Dubbed spring’s “must attend affair,” Jabberwock 2010, presented by D’Estee Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Chicago Alumnae Chapter, is Saturday, 7 p.m.-midnight, at South Shore Cultural Center. “Club Delta II: A Scholarship Soiree” planned by Rose Jackson, Erma Davis and Wendy Winston, co-chairs, and Taliva A. Tillman, chapter prez, includes dancing, music, Vegas-style casino gaming, silent auction andraffles. From steppin’ to jazz, there’ll be music for all. Call (312) 613-8527 for $85 tickets,

The chapter has a membership of 700-plus college-educated women who render public service under the sorority’s five-point thrust. Jabberwock, started in 1925, currently provides college tuition and book stipends for 32 graduating public high school seniors. More will be chosen this year. Scholarships range from $500-$4,000 a year. Over half a million dollars have been awarded to date. Founded in 1913, the sorority now exceeds 200,000 predominately African American women in over 1,000 chapters in 44 states and several foreign countries.

And This Just In! – Delta‘s Chicago Alumnae Chapter has welcomed 106 new members into the fold. Under the leadership of Deborah M. Douglas, second vice president, the new Deltas increased the chapter numbers to over 800 public service-driven women working in the community.

On the Rise – Sylvia Jenkins, Ph.D., dean of academic development and learning resources at Moraine Valley Community College in southwest suburban Palos Hills, has been appointed vice president of academic affairs. She has been at MVCC since 1986, serving in a variety of capacities: dean of Academic Development, assistant dean of the Center for Teaching and Learning, interim director of the Library and public services librarian. Dr. Jenkins also served as the college’s representative to the League for Innovation in the Community College in which Moraine Valley is a charter member. She earned a doctorate degree in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Community College Leadership from Colorado State Univ., a master’s in Library Science from the State Univ. of New York and a B.S. from Grambling State Univ. in Louisiana. Additionally, Dr. Jenkins is first lady of Beth Eden Baptist Church, pastored by Rev. Dr. Craig M. Jenkins.

Citation Ceremony – Langdon D. Neal, of the law firm of Neal & Leroy LLC and chair of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, received the coveted Richard J. Almeida Award for his “tireless contributions” at a Moving Up ceremony for High Jump held at Francis W. Parker school. High Jump, a program housed within the Latin School, provides academic enrichment for seventh and eighth grade achievers who have limited financial resources. Neal, a High Jump trustee, is the past board chair, Tasha Green is executive director. “Word” is the program may open a branch in the Hyde Park area. Stay tuned!

Film Fest! – I attended the screening of Just Wright, a romantic comedy-starring Chicago’s own Common and Queen Latifah. Absolutely loved it! A most delightful movie, suitable for all ages, eyes and ears! Common plays an NBA all-star who suffers a career-threatening knee injury. Latifah is a much-sought-after physical therapist hired to work her magic. Along the way she falls in love with her patient. Other film faces: Paula Patton, Phylicia Rashad, Pam Grier and James Pickens II. The film release date is May 14 “at a theater near you.” As I wrote a couple of columns ago, we have an opportunity to make it a “blockbuster” opening weekend for our “homie.” Let’s do it!

Beluga Ballet – Cheryl Mayberry McKissack (Mrs. Eric), adjunct assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Kellogg School of Management and a Shedd Aquarium trustee, is on the planning committee for “Beluga Ball,” Shedd’s June 6 Gala. The night of wintry elegance, “White Night of Russian Splendor,” will feature a most unforgettable and charming ballet: an ensemble of beluga whales performing in the icy waters of Shedd’s Oceanarium. The $600 per person black or white tie event (Cossack hat is optional!) begins with cocktails and then the 45-minute Beluga Ballet, dinner, dancing and charity casino ‘til midnight. Three auction prizes are a weekend in Quebec to see beluga and other whales in the wild; dinner at Shedd (a celebrity chef will prepare an exquisite meal for 20 in the Smith Family Office Suite with the most amazing skyline view in Chicago) and a day at Shedd (behind the scene activities with family and friends).

Tribute Time! – Legendary musician Kelah Phil Cohran, soon to reach his 83rd year, will be celebrated by DuSable Museum for his contributions to the world of music at a Friday concert sponsored by WVON-AM/1690 radio and United Airlines. Cohran is a “sphereologist,” a word he coined to describe his lifework as a sheman, chemist, composer, activist, cosmetologist, wholistic health advocate, instrument inventor and musicologist. The show features Hypnotic Bass Ensemble, Mtaia, Aquilla Sadalia, harpist Josefe Marie Veerna and Maggie Brown, emcee. Tickets: $25; $83 for VIP admission that includes assigned seating and special gift. Call (773) 947-0600.

Newsy Names – Send get well cheer to eta’s prexey, Abena Joan Brown, recovering from a fractured pelvic bone after a fall at eta’s Spring Board Benefit! She’s in Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Room 1357 … D. Michelle Flowers, prez and CEO of Flowers Communications, co-chairs the Publicity Club of Chicago’s 2010 Golden Trumpet Awards luncheon on Friday at the Palmer House. The event annually attracts hundreds of Midwest PR and communications professionals and their clients … Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp and Tye Tribbett “make a joyful noise” at an All-Star Mothers’ Day Celebration on Sunday, 6 p.m., at Arie Crown Theatre.

Whazup! Whazup! – Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Erykah Badu and her 2010 North American tour, Out My Mind, Just In Time, hits the Chicago Theatre June 2-3 with special guests, N.E.R.D. and Janelle Monae. The tour takes its name from her new album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh. Reserved seats: $69.50, $59.50 and $49.50 … Just in time for Mothers’ Day, Body Genesis hosts Ladies Pamper Night on Friday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., 2930 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 108, to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A $10 donation gets you a massage, facial, wine and gift bag. Call (312) 225-1100.

B’day Wishes – to Maya Huggins, Barbara Bell, Otto Bradford, Georgette Greenlee Finney, George C. Fraser, Kathy Wright, Diane Douglas, Les Coney, Delores Scott, Joe Bertrand Jr., Lydia Davis Eady, Laura Washington and Tony Scott. And celebrating on May 5: the Chicago Defender and “Teesee.” One of us turns 105, one of us doesn’t! If you’re out and about on Wednesday evening, stop by the Marmon Grand, 2230 S. Michigan Ave., for some “diamond” b’day fun! Admission: A 24-carat emerald-cut diamond! Just kidding! Just kidding! It was a joke!

Happy Mothers’ Day – and God bless all Mothers, Moms, M’dears, Big Mamas, Big Sistahs, Play Mamas, Step-Mamas, Adopted Mamas, Foster Mamas, Grannies, Great-Grannies, Aunties, Earth Mamas and all else who qualify! Love abounds! 

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