Welcome Autumn!

It promises to be a night of fun – networking, socializing and the thrill and excitement of major league baseball under the stars – when the White Sox welcome “The Divine Nine,” the Black Greek-letter organizatio

Welcome Autumn!

It promises to be a night of fun – networking, socializing and the thrill and excitement of major league baseball under the stars – when the White Sox welcome “The Divine Nine,” the Black Greek-letter organizations (fraternities and sororities), to U.S. Cellular Field for the first-ever African American Greek Night on Friday.

Opening pitch: 7:11 p.m. The Divine Nine is made up of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, founded in 1906 at Cornell U.; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, founded in 1908 at Howard U.; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, founded in 1911 at Indiana U.; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, founded in 1911 at Howard U.; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, founded in 1913 at Howard U.; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, founded in 1914 at Howard U.; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, founded in 1920 at Howard U.; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, founded in 1922 at Butler U.; and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, founded in 1963 at Morgan State U.

Specially priced tickets ($45, bleachers; $35.50, upper reserved) are offered to The Divine Nine members to see the Sox take on the Cleveland Indians. Prior to the game, there’ll be a pre-game party at Gate 1 from 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m. Each ticket includes unlimited drinks (beer, soda, water), a hot dog and a bag of chips–during the pre-game only! Advance sales only! Email Rozzie McHenry at rmchenry@chisox.com for more details and to place your order. Play ball!

Newsy NamesShamontiel Vaughn, Defender web editor, returns to her alma mater, Lincoln University (Missouri), Oct. 9-10 in the midst of Homecoming Week (how convenient!) to share her knowledge with students about the publishing industry, her books and the Chicago Defender, and to be a guest at the “meet n’ greet” with authors.

Eton Wilson, 64, longtime friend and confidante of Ill. Secretary of Human Services’ Dr. Carol L. Adams, died Saturday in the Charlotte, N.C. home of his daughter, Natalie. Friends and colleagues can memorialize his life during Early Vespers on Sunday, 3 p.m., at Grant Memorial AME Church, 4017 S. Drexel.

Condolences to Larry Langford, Chicago Fire Dept. spokesman, on the passing of his legendary mom, former Alderman Anna Langford, first Black woman elected to the Chicago City Council (16th Ward). We called each other “cousin” because at one time she was married to the late Tony Fambro.

Sympathy goes out to Dr. Carrie Filer Davis and Vivian Filer Branton on the loss of their sister, Bessie Edwards of Lorain, Ohio.

Happy b’day to Willeva Lindsey, Denise E. Gresham- Knox and Dolores Robinson Caldwell.

Bill “Dock” Walls delivers keynote remarks, “Healthy Living,” when Sisters Embracing Life celebrate fighting cancer in the Austin community on Sunday in Oak Park’s West Suburban Hospital.

Glad tidings! “Cousin Carl” Todd is home from Schwab Rehab receiving lots of TLC from his ever-loving Jackie.

Get well cheer to longtime neighbor, Grace Hines, in University of Chicago Hospital

DeShana L. Forney, director of Ill. Housing Development Authority, addresses the City Club of Chicago’s Public Policy Luncheon Thursday at Maggiano’s.

Back home from a brief hiatus in Aruba are galpals Mildred Porter, Verna Watts Shannon, Sarah Ayers and Vivian Durham.

Chicago Association of Minority Recruiters, founded by U.S. Cellular’s Greg Hinton, hosts “Sharing the Vision,” its annual scholarship and awards dinner, Wednesday at the Hilton Chicago. For tickets, hurry and call (773) 285-9700.

Reunion Union!–Parker High School (now Robeson) alums from classes of ’38, ’43, ’48 and ’53 (they’re celebrating their 70th, 65th, 60th and 55th year since graduation) will be special guests on Sunday afternoon at PHSl Alumni Association’s Reunion Luncheon at the Lexington House, 7717 W. 95th St., in suburban Hickory Hills. Of course, alumni from all classes are invited to attend and re-new old acquaintances. Bill Plotkin is reunion chair; Lorraine Foster, treasurer. For last-minute reservations (at $30), hurry and call Joan James (708) 599- 1654 or Jeri J, Remijas, (708) 478-0829.

Defender sports editor Larry Gross jets to Woodstown High School in Woodstown, N.J. for his 40th-year reunion.

Hats Off–to the Defender’s Art Sims, popular relationship advice columnist (Dear Chat Daddy), on joining Ida Byther-Smith, noted author and HIV- /AIDS advocate and activist, as a co-host of Raw Talk, Sundays, 3 p.m.-4 p.m., on Soul 106.3/FM. The listeners’ live line is (773) 928-9230. Tune in and call in! Also Art is part of this month’s launch of the Chicago Gay History Project Web site (www.chicagogayhistory.org) and its companion book, Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City’s Gay Movement, edited by Tracy Baim. As an openly gay man who counsels both straight and gay people, Art breaks down barriers between straight and gay, especially between straight women and gay men. CGHP features more than a dozen of the writers from Out and Proud. A fundraiser is slated for Saturday, noon-2 p.m., at The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. Check the Web site for details.

Grade A–The nice folks at Chartwells-Thompson (they’re the ones who provide food service to over 300,000 students in 481 Chicago Public Schools) made a most generous donation of $30,000 so some 1,700 homeless school children would receive back packs filled with an assortment of school supplies. There are more than 10,000 homeless students in Chicago Public Schools, all in need of assistance. Who else is willing to step up to the plate?

Sunday Special–A trio of internationally renowned ministers preach at Trinity United Church of Christ for “Senior Statesman Sunday:” Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, pastor emeritus, Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, Calif., 7:30 a.m.; Rev. Dr. Yvonne V. Delk, founding director, Center for African American Theological Studies, Chicago, 11 a.m., and Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr., pastor emeritus, The Riverside Church, New York City, 6 p.m.

Dr. Michelle Morris, of Covenant United Church of Christ, delivers the annual Women’s Day message on Sunday, 11 a.m., at Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St. (at Cottage Grove).

Men’s Health–Dr. Courtney Hollowell, chair of the Urology Dept. at Cook County Health and Hospital Systems at John Stroger Hospital, addressed 250 gents on “Prostate Health” at the first Male Forum for the 2008-09 program year at the University of Illinois’ Extension Urban Leadership Center, 10244 S. Vincennes. Dr. Hollowell co-chairs the Male Forums with Dr. Robert A. Saddler, former deputy superintendent at CPS. Dr. Terry Mason, commissioner, Chicago Dept. of Health, is honorary chair; Doris J. Odem is leadership coordinator. Drs. Mason and Hollowell have partnered with ULC to bring medical professionals to the community to address healthcare issues. For additional info, call (773) 233-2900.

Congratsto Pamela Blackwell on being elevated from president to co-CEO of Blackwell Consulting Services, a full service management and information technology consulting firm, with the continued support of her dad, Robert D. Blackwell Sr., who will remain active as co-CEO. As president, Pamela oversaw the day-to-day operations and overall leadership of the company. She has close to 20 years of experience in IT services, including more than 10-plus years with Blackwell. Ellen Rozelle Turner, the firm’s new president, has over 17 years of experience servicing both private and public sector clients. She has strong ties to Chicago with previous Blackwell background as senior account executive in charge of public sector and a partner at Clarity, responsible for sales and marketing

P.S. from Teesee–Please register and please vote! And if the thought ever crosses your mind to do neither, check out this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcCXv3g BAwc. Pass/forward it on!

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