(originally printed in Tulsa World)
The 83rd Mid-Western Regional Conference of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is to be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend, bringing with it more than 600 members and several events that will be open to the public.
The theme of this year’s conference at Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center is Pearls of Global Leadership and Service.
“It’s a way to reconnect, rebond and refocus our commitment to the organization,” said Soror Maggie A. Green, director of the organization’s Mid-Western Region, which includes chapters in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Montana and Wyoming.
Thursday: A fashion show luncheon is set for 12:30-2:30 p.m. and benefits the sorority’s Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF). Cost: $65.
The Honey Do Salute is set for 6 p.m. The sorority’s international president will speak. Cost: $15 per person.
A free public reception follows at 7 p.m. Among the leaders who will be honored at the event are Ival Gregory, manager of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Oklahoma State University; Laura Allen, director of Multicultural Student Programs at the University of Tulsa; Soulful Survivors African American Breast Cancer Support Group; Sandrel Jones-Webster, founder and executive director of Embrace Being Inc.; George P. Tiger, chief of the Muscogee Creek Nation; Danny C. Williams Sr., top federal law enforcement official of the Northern District of Oklahoma; Girl Scouts Beyond – Project M.E.N.D.; and Derrick Reed, Muskogee City Council Ward III member and founder of Neighbors Building Neighborhood Organization.
Friday: Activities include a mixer and step show starting at 8:30 p.m. Cost: $20.
Saturday: A leadership breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Cynthia L. Hale, founder and senior pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Ga. Hale was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Cost: $35.
A formal gala will follow a cocktail hour at 7 p.m. Cost: $65 per person.
Sunday: An ecumenical service starts at 9:30 a.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 918-605-6769 or 405-740-2462 or visit tulsaworld.com/midwestaka
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