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Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe hosted a "A Valentine At The Ritz" on February 13, 2016.
The black tie gala, co-chaired by Archons Vincent Foderingham and Randall Morgan, helped raise needed funds to expand the Foundation's "Journey To Success" Mentoring and Internship Programs for under served youngsters ages 14-19 in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Over 500 guests, patrons and sponsors listened and danced to the sounds of the electrifying Soul Crooners 2 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Among the guests were Sarasota Mayor Willie C. Shaw, Sarasota County Commissioner Carolyn Mason, Southeast Regional Sire Archon Alvin Ragland, Northeast Regional Sire Archon Joseph Meade, as well as visiting Archons and Archousai from other member Boulés.
On February 26, 2015, Marcus and Pamela Anast, owners of The Sarasota Collection Home Store at 622 Central Avenue sponsored a private party at their business location. The event was attended by 130 interested friends and citizens who wanted to learn more about the Gamma Xi Boulé and what they are doing to help ‘Make a Difference’ in our community. Invited guests met Boulé members and two students from the Boulé’s ‘Journey to Success’ program who discussed their experiences in the summer program.
Gamma Xi Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity recently commemorated our 20th anniversary. Gamma Xi Boulé was chartered in Sarasota in March 1995, and Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation was founded in 2001. Our foundation is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization dedicated to encouraging excellence in education and providing local support to underserved youngsters. We have awarded over $40,000 in scholarships to 44 African American students, many of whom were first generation college students.
Proceeds from our 20th anniversary celebration enabled our foundation to continue to provide scholarships to underserved, first generation African American college students and expand our ‘Journey To Success’ mentoring program. Our 20th Anniversary Celebration was held on April 10, 2015 at the beautiful Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Mr. William Church, Executive Editor of the Herald Tribune Media Group and Ms. Carolyn Mason, Sarasota County Commissioner were recognized for their service to the Sarasota community. We also honored the founders of Gamma Xi Boulé.
The principal speaker for the event was Grand Sire Archon Mr. James O. Cole, Esq. Mr. Cole, a Harvard Law School graduate, is a former Senior Executive with Auto Nation, Inc. and The Clorox Company.
We thank all who attended or supported us in making our event a huge success!
April 10, 2015