The members of the local chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity have been raising money for scholarships for more than a quarter of a century. Over the years, they have given more than $100,000 so that needy students can further their education.
Continuing the long tradition, the men hosted their annual fundraising ball May 15 at the Bradenton Auditorium. The fraternity colors of purple and gold add a note of elegance to any occasion, but the organizers added green to the mix for Mardi Gras fun.
Roy Covington led the committee that coordinated the details, with B.C. Pratt as co-chair. Former coaches Eddie Shannon and Jimmie Cromartie were in their usual chairs at the check-in table. President James Golden was unable to attend so vice-president Malcolm Cofer filled in for him.
The group has the perfect solution to helping keep costs down in these tight times and please every appetite at the same time. Guests provide their own beverages and hors d’oeuvres which ranged from simple chips and dip to elaborate trays of canapes. Tramus Dozier, Cherie Barton and Camille Searles even added a bottle of champagne to their feast.
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Among the guests were Dr. Napoleon and Shirlene Mills. Dr. Mills was honored by the fraternity in December for his service to the community. Also spotted were James and Yvonne Brown, Lillie Covington, Doretha Pratt, Barbara Cofer and Walter and Doris Fulcher.
Susan Wilcox, a Florida native, has lived in Bradenton for more than 20 years. She has been active in many local organizations.