One of the great events of the summer is an evening of hot jazz, mingling, dining and silent auctions known as the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter Jazz­fest.

On June 19 there was no need to travel far to hear the smooth sounds of Rodney McBride, the Roger Humphries Jr. Quartet and a guest performance from one of their own sorors, K.J. Rose, out of New York City. Rose introduced the crowd to her debut album “All Heart, No Regrets.” Geri Abrams and Gail Jackson were event chairs and were happy to return to the popular Churchill Valley Country Club. Jazz singer and national co-chair of Arts & Letters for Delta Sigma Theta, Yolanda Rodgers Howsie, served as emcee.

ANOTHER SUCCESS—Event chairs Gail Jackson and Geri Abrams.

The mission of the evening was to raise funds for various Delta programs which includes Delta Academy which serves elementary and middle school girls with an emphasis on science, math and computer skills, self-esteem, character building and an exposure to various social venues.

Delta GEMS is designed for young ladies ages 14–18, who are actively pursuing college and/or career options.

Sojourner House is a licensed, faith-based, non-denominational drug and alcohol residential treatment program in the East Liberty area of Pittsburgh in which mothers and their children receive a myriad of services. The Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter has been working with Sojourner House for nine years providing encouragement and role-modeling for the women to help prepare them for re-entry into the community as viable and productive citizens.

Visions serves Pittsburgh’s female youths, ages 8-14, in their development of positive goals, becoming socially and politically aware, broadening their horizons, maintaining high academic standards and developing good bodies and sound minds through physical and mental awareness.

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