Move NM! Health & Wellness Fair ~ International Cultural & Entrepreneurial Exchange "Journey to Albuquerque"
The Move NM! Health & Wellness Fair and International Cultural & Entrepreneurial Exchange “Journey to Albuquerque” was a great success. Thank you Albuquerque for coming out!
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Popejoy Hall’s Familiar Faces at the Front of the House
The diversity of entertainment offerings at Popejoy Hall, whether a play, musical, ballet or concert, change from day to day. But one virtual constant remains – two volunteer ushers at the front of the house who have been greeting performance attendees since 2011. Pearlene Dawson and Joanne Kirby have contributed over 1,000 hours of volunteer service to the performing arts venue. And, they are not slowing down this season.
“I love working with the kids. It can be the first time they see a play, and their eyes light up. It’s just fun,” says Kirby.
While the ladies enjoy volunteering at Popejoy for the love of the arts, they also see themselves as role models for the children, and often adults, who attend.
“We are two of six African-Americans,” says Dawson of the volunteer staff for events. “We like to have our students see blacks involved and hope it will encourage them too. They want to give us a high five.” She notes they cannot reciprocate due to policy that restricts physical contact of any kind. But she adds, “Even the teachers’ faces light up.”
Each volunteer is responsible for serving at least 80 hours per Popejoy Hall Presents season. As of this writing, Dawson has already passed the halfway mark, with 58 hours in and only 22 more to go. It would not be a stretch to say she will likely exceed the season’s required hours, as she has done in years past. Her current “life total” is 558 hours.
Kirby has a similar track record which most often includes Schooltime Series performances during the daytime. She has accumulated 88.5 hours already this season, and her Popejoy volunteer history reflects a current “life total” of 592 hours.
Dawson and Kirby’s volunteer service, on average about 100 hours a year, does not stop when the curtain closes. They are dedicated members of the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. You can find this dynamic duo giving of their time to assist in any one of the public service organization’s focus areas, including the arts and initiatives surrounding its five-point programmatic thrust –political awareness and involvement; education; physical and mental health; economic development; and international awareness and involvement.
The hit musical Motown’s debut at Popejoy Hall last season was a “Red Carpet” event for the Albuquerque Chapter’s Arts and Letters (A&L) Committee of which Dawson and Kirby are members. The previous year, the Chapter rolled out the red carpet for actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy, who performed in “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey,” featuring the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio.
Dawson was on double duty, volunteering for the Motown show and representing Delta Sigma Theta’s commitment to the arts. She considers herself to be a liaison between Popejoy and the Sorority on red carpet nights. For several weeks before curtain, she helped drive the Albuquerque community to the Duke City Deltas website promoting attendance at the performance. Theater goers could buy discounted tickets on the site before the performance, which is often a pre-show perk of “Red Carpet” events.
The Albuquerque Chapter is among Delta Sigma Theta’s over 900 chapters, which are expected to participate in sponsoring “Red Carpet” events across the country. The initiative is an enterprise of the Sorority’s National Commission on Arts and Letters’ Project ART: Actively Redefining Together. According to its national website, “Delta Sigma Theta is deeply committed to boldly advancing the African-American experience through arts and letters and promoting the contributions of African-Americans in the arts.” Further, “The goal of the initiative is to encourage and continue public support of projects that accurately portray the true essence of African-Americans.”
The volunteer efforts of Dawson, Kirby and their Sorority have not gone unnoticed.
“It’s a joy to have the women of Delta Sigma Theta come to Popejoy Hall to honor the contributions of artists to the African-American community, of course, and to the world of arts really, says Terry Davis, Marketing Manager of Popejoy Hall. “They embrace the arts. They embrace the shows and the performances. Just to see the joy in their celebration of the arts, we’re so delighted to have even a small part in that.”
Dawson and Kirby, who have reached the status of Delta Dears with the Sorority, can record their volunteer hours and are eligible to compete for regional and national awards recognizing their community service. These two “Dears” are following in the footsteps of one of their Sorors who blazed a trail at Popejoy before them.
“When they started volunteering, I was into a year of chairing the Arts and Letters Committee,” says Florence Bowers, a Delta Dear who was Albuquerque Alumnae’s Arts and Letters Chair from 2011 to 2016 and Co-chair, along with Vicki Scott, in 2017. “Before their effort, there was a longtime Delta, Dorothy Howard, who reached emeritus status. She was one of the only African-American volunteers you would see (at Popejoy Hall). Then came our active members Joanne and Pearlene.”
Says House Management Associate, Dave Bentley, who is Kirby and Dawson’s direct supervisor, “They are extremely reliable. I know when I give them an assignment or position they know exactly what to do and they’re very glad to help out.”
While the two are go-to volunteers, Bentley sees them as more. “I like them both as friends. They’re fun to work with.”
Tracey Whitney – Guess Who I Saw Today? A Tribute to Nancy Wilson
Thank you to all who attend this Red Carpet event, Tracey Whitney – Guess Who I Saw Today? A Tribute to Nancy Wilson. Tracey Whitney performed at the African American Performing Arts Center for the AAPAC Presents AFRIQUERQUE Concert Series, where she paid homage to the legendary jazz singer, Miss Nancy Wilson. Tracey was joined by some of Albuquerque’s finest – Jim Ahrend on piano, Milo Jaramillo on bass, Stephen Dewave Peace on guitar, Paul Gonzales on trumpet and Wayne Johnson on drums. Tracey took a moment during the evening to thank the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter for their support.
Cotton Club Scholarship Gala!
The goal of the Cotton Club Scholarship Gala is to both support organizations providing scholarships for youth and to recognize the work of education champions.
The funds raised support the Judith R. Harris Scholarship Fund. Judith Rouse Harris passed away on June 7, 2010. Judith was an active trailblazing leader who served and volunteered on numerous boards and committees throughout the state of New Mexico. Judith served as Executive Director of the Sickle Cell Council of New Mexico for over 13 years. She was very active and a long-standing member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. In keeping with the Sorority’s mission, a scholarship was named after Judith, whose countless efforts, steadfast devotion, and leadership were shown as she worked on a variety of public service projects that benefited the Albuquerque community.
Thank you to all attendees, sponsors, musical talent and volunteers that supported the 7th Annual Cotton Club Scholarship Gala. A special thank you to Cathryn McGill, Founder and Director of New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee and Soror Vicki Scott for their efforts in coordinating this event.
Congratulations to the evening’s honoree, Dr. Linda Townsend-Johnson. She has been on the vanguard of education for the past 25 years — teaching at all levels of education from preschool to college. Currently, she is the principal at Sunset View Elementary School in the Paradise Hills neighborhood on Albuquerque’s Westside. We are extremely proud not only of her focus on academics, but also her commitment to teach children to serve others. Sunset View Elementary conducts local fundraisers annually to provide food, clothing, toys and other items to needy students and their families.
Dr. Townsend-Johnson received her BA in elementary education in 1991 and began teaching immediately. She completed her Master’s degree in early childhood education from Concordia University in 1996. She earned her administrative licensure in 2004, followed by her Doctorate of philosophy from Oregon State University in 2006.
Community service is another important area of recognition for Dr. Townsend-Johnson. She is the president of the NAACP Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa Branch and in that role, she has placed special emphasis on financial literacy. She has helped families retain their homes, establish budgets, and invest in retirement savings. Additionally, she has worked in her church children’s ministry for more than a decade and has volunteered with the UNM School of Medicine Admissions Committee.
Black History Month Proclamation at City Council Meeting
Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, joined the New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee (NMBHOC) on February 21, 2018 at the City Council meeting where Councilor Pat Davis read the Black History Month Proclamation. Cathryn McGill, Director of NMBHOC, and Dr. Danielle Riddle-Price, President of the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. shared some words with the council after the proclamation was read.
Delta Day at the State Capital
On January 31, 2018 the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter went to the New Mexico State Capital. We attended House and Senate Committee Meetings, and visited the offices of several legislators. The Honorable Sheryl Williams Stapleton invited us to her round table. We were fortunate to have the chairs for each of our Five Programmatic Thrusts share information about our programs with her. Several opportunities for potential collaboration were identified!
Please continue to stay aware of the bills being considered during this short session. Many will have a direct impact on the economic, educational, health and safety of our communities. Act accordingly by contacting your representatives to let them know your concerns.
Masquerade Soirée en Noir & Silent Auction
Thank you for coming out and supporting our annual fundraising affair. The night included dinner, dancing, cash bar, and a silent auction. The proceeds benefit programs and projects that directly support the citizens of the City of Albuquerque.
We want to thank our generous sponsors for their support of the 4th Annual Masquerade Soiree en Noir & Silent Auction:
Office of African-American Affairs
Mrs. Suzanne Johnson
Riddle Price & Associates
Mrs. Ramona Dillard
Mrs. Elizabeth Okoye
Mrs. Nellie Ward & Mrs. Karon Stephens
Ms. Vicki Scott
Mrs. Gloria Fadipe & Mrs. Myra Roosevelt
Mrs. Brenda Steele & Mrs. Cynthia McDonald
Ms. Sonya Morring Smith
Our Zeta Phi Beta Sisters
Celebrating with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at their 47th Pacific Region Leadership Conference. Hosted by the Omega Alpha Zeta Chapter in Albuquerque, NM.
Juneteenth Voter Registration
Registering voters while enjoying friends and family at the Albuquerque Juneteenth celebration. Get registered to vote!
Duke City Day Party
We had a great time at the Duke City Day Party, playing games, listening to music, spending time with friends, while making new ones.
Camp Patten Prayer Garden Restoration
Coming together to restore the prayer garden at Camp Patten. After clean-up, adding fresh flowers, hanging encouraging signs, and placing other fun and heartening elements, the garden is peaceful place be with God.
A special thank you to the presenters of the Financial Fortitude seminar, Dorothy Cleaves (SunTrust Bank), Sara Traub & Bridget Mullins (Pregnezer, Baysinger, Widemen & Sales, PC), and Edward Dunn (State Farm), and all our guests. Stay tuned for more Financial Fortitude seminars in the future!
Adopt A Highway
The dedicated members of Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter keeping our highways free from litter. Contact the New Mexico Department of Transportation to get your business or organization involved in the Adopt A Highway program.
Inner Beauty Conference
The president of the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter, Dr. Danielle Riddle-Price presented at the 2017 Inner Beauty Conference to over 140 6th- 8th grade Girls of color! Put on by the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs in conjunction with Albuquerque Public Schools.
Anti Hazing House Bill Passed
The Anti Hazing Bill (HB200) initiated by Albuquerque Alumnae passes on the New Mexico House floor! Thank you to House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Stapleton for her support.
Delta Days in Washington, DC
Albuquerque Deltas traveled to Washington, D.C. for our annual Delta Days at the Nation's Capital. Sorors enjoying a break with Past National President Marcia Fudge.
Motown The Musical
The Red Carpet reception for Motown The Musical was a hit! Thank you to the cast members Allison Semmes (Diana Ross) and Jarran Muse (Marvin Gaye) for joining us at the reception.
World Vision Experience
Albuquerque Alumnae Deltas supported International Awareness with World Vision Experience, a truck that travels the world showing how the displaced and vulnerable live in other countries.
African American Read-In
The Duke City Deltas featured Albuquerque local and NAACP Image Award Nominee Dr. Karissa Culbreath as our 2017 African-American Read-In author for her book "Daddy's Little Girl."
Golden Anniversary High Tea
Celebrating 50 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service! The Golden Anniversary High Tea and Celebration of our Charter Members was delightful!