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Dr. Earl S. Richardson, retiring president of Morgan State University (Baltimore), comes this way to receive high honors Saturday when MSU’s Chicago Alumni Association, headed by Arlene Pierce, president, hosts a scholarship luncheon at the Hilton Oak Lawn. MSU’s National Alumni Association instituted a national fundraising effort to honor the legacy of Dr. Richardson when he announced his retirement (effective Dec. 31) after 25 years of dedicated service. The Dr. Earl S. Richardson Scholarship Fund, which will support MSU students from across the country, will be administered by the non-profit Morgan State University Foundation.     Other Chicagoans on the fundraising committee are James Kendall, Redessa Harris, Cheryl Blackwell Bryson and Robert Penn Sr. WVON’s gospel radio host Pam Morris emcees the luncheon. Entertainment will include South Shore Drill Team, gospel vocalists Andrea and John Morris of the Apostolic Church of God, the Wooten Choral Ensemble of Beth Eden Baptist Church, performances by TreDivas, classically trained sopranos: Elizabeth Norman-Sojourner, who earned her music degree at Morgan State, Anisha McFarland Hill and Jonita Lattimore. Call (773) 233-4962 for $65 tickets.     Attn: ‘Choco-Holics’ – Holiday bazaar gifts from Batsiranai (bat-si-ra-nai), a women’s handicraft group in Zimbabwe that supports mothers of disabled children, many of whom are living with HIV/AIDS, will be showcased at one of most unique events of the year, World of Chocolate, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s signature holiday extravaganza on Dec. 3 at the Hilton Chicago. In addition to living with extreme poverty, these Zimbabwean families often suffer from stigmas related to local beliefs regarding the origin of disabilities. World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, is a worldwide effort to increase public awareness and encourage support and programming to prevent the spread of HIV infection.      AFC’s World of Chocolates invites us all to savor on sweet chocolate treats from over 30 of our town’s finest chocolatiers, restaurants and caterers, while raising funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Guests will be eligible to win the world’s most expensive truffle, La Madeline Au Truffe, donated by Knipschildt Chocolatier. Local celebrity judges will name the night’s top confections. Past World of Chocolate creations have included an Aztec themed chocolate pyramid, a 20-foot, 8-inch tower made entirely of chocolate as well as flowing chocolate fountains and a Willy Wonka-style chocolate river. New this year, the inaugural Chocolate Bliss Recipe Challenge invites chocolate lovers to submit original recipes to a panel of professional chocolatiers and chefs. Besides browsing the holiday gift bazaar, guests will also enjoy a light buffet, specialty cocktails, a raffle with luxurious prizes and entertainment. For more info and to reserve tickets, call (312) 922-2322 or visit www.aidschicago.org.     Bronze Bash – Kenwood Oakland Community Organization celebrates its accomplishments on Sunday, 6:30 p.m., at the Annual Bronze Affair at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. “The Masquerade Ball” includes dinner, silent auction, music by Crosswinds & Felena Bunn, a deejay and raffle prizes. Attire: cocktail and mask. For tickets ($40 for singles, $70 for doubles), call KOCO, (773) 548-7500.     Sister Celebration – Nine prominent women will receive Crescent Moon Awards from the men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s Upsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter “for successful work in their various fields” on Nov., 21, 6 p.m., at the Holiday Day Inn Mart Plaza, so says Atty. Randy Crumpton, a frat brother. The awardees at the 82nd Annual Scholarship Dinner-Dance are Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th), Robin Robinson, Pam Morris, Deborah O. Brown, Alisa Starks, Marian Perkins, State Rep. Constance Howard, Stephanie Neely and Terisa Griffin, who’s on tap to provide entertainment. For $75 tickets, visit www.pbsupsilonsigma.org.     Reunion Union – If you’re a member of Lindblom Technical High School’s Class of 1969 you need to be at your 40th Year Reunion, Nov. 20-22, at the Double Tree Inn out in Alsip. Actually, all classes are invited to participate in reunion fun! The committee has reserved a number of rooms at $130 a night (single or double), available on a first-come, first-served basis. So book early!     The agenda: Friday evening, registration and reception; Saturday morning, a TBD activity at Lindblom; Saturday noon, shopping, recreation and spa; Saturday evening, dinner-dance and entertainment; and Sunday morning, brunch and memorial service – for only $125 per person which includes food and drink, souvenirs, raffles. For dinner-dance only, the cost is $75; a $50 deposit is due immediately, payable to Lindblom Class of 1969 and mailed to P.O. Box 19369, Chicago, IL 60619. Also call Glenn Meeks at (708) 269-3018 or email him at akin01@comcast.net.      In Memorium – Today, Veterans Day, let us remember the late Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jesse Brown, who has a Memorial Youth Scholarship Program established in his name by the Disabled American Veterans. 

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