On Oct. 31 at the beautiful Youghiogheny Country Club in Elizabeth Township, the Semper Fidelis Club presented their 90th anniversary luncheon and fashion extravaganza.

The afternoon featured great silent auction items and vendors with fashionable goodies to enhance any wardrobe. After a wonderful lunch it was on with the fashion extravaganza featuring stylish fashions from Chapeaux Etc.


On the catwalk for Semper Fidelis were Leon Coleman, Kathryn Jones, Laura Elleam, Carol Watkins, Carmen Ellington, Tiffany Robinson, Rita Gregory Sheard, James Fagan, Juan Garrett and Kevin Minafee. Scene one featured an array of fabulous hats from Chapeaux Etc. now located in Hope Square on Centre Avenue. Next the models dressed for success and relaxation and the final scene was full of spirit and soul with fashions suitable for church and evening.


The rich history of The Semper Fidelis Club dates back to 1919 when a forward thinking African-American McKeesport woman gathered a group of her friends together with a plan to organize a club with the purpose of “doing charitable work.” Founder and first president of the Semper Fidelis Club, Annie Marshall undoubtedly, could not have imagined that her idea would have survived 90 years. The Semper Fidelis Club has done more than survive, they have thrived.

An individual and personal commitment to the McKeesport community evolved into an organization responsible for enhancing the lives of thousands. Semper Fidelis scholarship awardees have become doctors, lawyers, nurses, media personalities, nurses, educational administrators and a myriad of careers too numerous to list.

M. Jeanne Dix was this year’s event chairperson. General chairpersons included Renee Easley (vice president), Laura Green (treasurer) and Joy Web (president). Rounding out the club roster was Samuella Peters, JoAnne Rodgers, Alease Paige, Dolores M. Epps, Carrie Ann James, Doris Mikell, L. Elaine Richardson, Norine Jenkins, Dori Ayers, Joy Webb, Jacqueline Blake and Donna Sill.

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