“Delta Belles Christmas,” the yearly, festive extravaganza hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Chicago Alumnae Chapter, is on this year’s extensive holiday calendar for Saturday, Dec. 17. The Deltas and their guests will enjoy t

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“Delta Belles Christmas,” the yearly, festive extravaganza hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Chicago Alumnae Chapter, is on this year’s extensive holiday calendar for Saturday, Dec. 17. The Deltas and their guests will enjoy the evening of buffet dining and dancing once again in the spacious Stadium Club, the multi-level fine dining restaurant located within U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W. 35th St., home of the Chicago White Sox.

Taliva A. Tillman is the president of the approximately 800- member chapter, and co-chairing the up-coming Christmas party are Jetaun DeBerry and Dushon Brown. The fun-filled holiday event gets underway with an open bar at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.; dancing ‘til midnight! Ticket donation: $65. Chicago Alumnae provides public service to the community via D’Estee, Inc., its non profit organization which is managed by a 24-member Board of Directors.

Male Excellence – The Chicago Defender is on the lookout for the 2012 crop of Men of Excellence, nominees who meet and/or exceed the following criteria: must be at least 21 years of age and reside in the Chicago metropolitan area (the city of Chicago and contiguous communities within a 50-mile radius of the city center).

The nominee must be active in his career or profession, and must agree to have his photograph and biographical information published in the Chicago Defender newspaper. All nominees selected will be featured in a 2012 edition of the Chicago Defender. An official nomination form appears elsewhere in today’s edition of the Chicago Defender and must be completed and returned by Monday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. Good luck!

Food Drive – The Chicago Rat Pack’s Al Palmer Jr. has signed on to chair the group’s annual Holiday Food Drive along with co-chairs (to date), Bill Richie, Walter Rogers, Baxter Burke, B.J. Johnson, Roy Crockett and Leroy Hart. The drive comes to an end on Wednesday, Dec. 14, during their weekly “business session” and “steppers’ set” at the Marmon Grand Ballroom, 2230 S. Michigan Ave.

CRP prexey Bill Williams and Al will donate turkeys to the drive. They will be raffled by Steve Hopson that evening. Also participating in the 2011 charitable effort will be The Women’s Support League (which includes Jonquil Byers, Mary Ellen Hart, Joyce Crockett and Irma Denton), Peter Pope, Roy Crockett and Walter Rogers. Additional volunteers are needed. Call (312) 218-8305.

Newsy Names – Happy b’day to John E. Wilson, Carol Kay Bell, Ollie Morrissette, Dori Zollar, Yvette Moyo-Gillard, Neysa Scott, Georgia Sanders, Helen Burleson, Jacque Carter, Sandra Enimil Aya, Connie Howard, Ira Harris, Barbara Baker, Angela Ingram, Christopher Register, Dawn Hasbrouck, Andre Guichard, W.L. Lillard, Harold Lee Rush, Jocklyn Batey, Marlene Davis, Jonita Lattimore, Jimmy Rowe, Angelique Tribett …

Faithful friends and loyal supporters of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle will be by her side this Wednesday (today!), as she marks “year one” of heading the County of Cook. The event will be held in the Ivy Room, 12 E. Ohio, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Suggested levels of giving: chair, $25,000; co-chair, $10,000; finance committee member, $5,000; sponsor, $1,000; host, $500; and single seat, $200. RSVP: (773) 746-7225.

Trumpet Time! – Carole Jakes, wife of the Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes, senior pastor of Chicago’s West Point Missionary Baptist Church, receives a coveted “First Lady Award” from Xernona Clayton, founder, president and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation Inc. and creator and executive producer of its Trumpet Awards.

Mrs. Jakes will be cited among other honorees in several distinguished categories on Jan. 7 in Atlanta during the 20th Annual Trumpet Awards Ceremony weekend at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Additional Trumpet honorees in the main awards category: Earth, Wind & Fire, Rev. C.L. Franklin (posthumously), Ted Turner and Emmitt and Pat Smith.

On the Town! – Members of the Chicago Chapter of The Carrousels Inc. celebrate pre-Christmas this Wednesday with a special “for girls only” evening – beginning with an early 4:30 p.m. dinner at Marcelle Restaurant hosted by Ollie McLemore and Kim Carmen followed by The Jackie Wilson Story at Jackie Taylor’s newly built $9 million-dollar 49,000-square-foot Black Ensemble Theatre & Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St. in Uptown.

I was in the grand opening night audience in October for The Jackie Wilson Story and certainly look forward to seeing it again! It’s indeed one of the early successes of Jackie Taylor, BET’s oh-so brilliant and talented 60-year-old award-winning founder and artistic director.

The current production runs through Jan. 8. For $55-$65 tickets, call (773) 769-4451. Other productions planned “for soon” include stories ’bout such unforgettable legends as Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, “The Ladies of Soul” (Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross and Chaka Khan) and James Brown.

Congrats – to Geraldine Richard, 82, who was honored at the Alumni Awards Dinner at the Oak Lawn Hilton by Chicago Teachers College/Chicago State University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors “for being of service to others for some 30 years by volunteer service.” She began volunteering at CSU in 1981 as a member of the TagGers and served as its president from 1992-1996 and again from 2001-2009.

The TagGers is a group of women whose purpose is “to foster and encourage support for educational and research programs at CSU and bring the community closer together in the process.” This includes fundraising for scholarships under the direction of the Chicago State University Foundation.

Party Time! – We Can, Inc, a coalition of business and community professionals, is holding its first fundraiser on Thursday, 6-9 p.m. at the Sportsman Inn, 4501 S. Cicero. The group has set a goal of 100 members needed to help fight for an equitable slice of the economic pie on all governmental levels. In stating the goals, Florence Cox, president, said the goal is to boost its membership so that it can begin the awesome but doable tasks of developing African American businesses in the community.

We Can will honor former Ill. Sen. Howard Brookins Sr. (D-IL) for passing SB-0543, which is credited with increasing the number of minority judges in Cook County. The bill became effective Jan. 1, 1991. Also being honored: the late Ill. Sen. William “Bill” Shaw (D-IL), for passing HB-2859 that amends the school code requiring elementary and secondary schools to include Black history in their curricula. (Sen. Shaw died Nov. 26, 2008.)

His twin brother, former Chicago alderman and Cook County Board of Appeals Commissioner Robert Shaw, will accept the recognition. For ticket info, call Comm. Shaw (708) 426-5680.

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