On Nov. 19, at the Syria Shrine in Cheswick, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Iota Phi Foundation held their Annual Achievement Awards Formal.

A well-dressed crowd enjoyed a cocktail reception, a scrumptious dinner and a brief but fulfilling program with Randy Brockington as master of ceremony.

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS—Simone Coleman, Jordan Edmunds, Malik Simpson, Dera Still, Kenneth Minefield and Gavin Sandidge (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

The 2011 scholars: Dera Sill (McKeesport HS), Simone Coleman (Shadyside Academy), Jordan Edmunds (Central Catholic), Malik Simpson (Central Catholic) and Gavin Sandidge (Central Catholic). The 2011 Achievement Honorees were: Chuck Sanders (Citizen of the Year), Urban Lending Solutions and Savoy Restaurant; Curtis Aiken (Exemplary Service Award for Business); Pro-Tech Compliance Inc.; Aaron Mann, PhD (Exemplary Service Award for Education) University of Pittsburgh; Margaret Larkins–Pettigrew, M.D. (Exemplary Service Award for Medicine), Case Western University School of Medicine; Franco Harris (Exemplary Service Award for Community Advocacy) Super Bakery; Judge Dwayne Woodruff (Special Humanitarian Award; Brandon Jennings (Omega Man of the Year); Vincent Wilson (Undergraduate Omega Man of the Year) California University of Pennsylvania; and the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the Hon. Livingstone M. Johnson and the Hon. J. Warren Watson.

There were some very moving moments as the honorees accepted their awards. Jennings’ award was presented to him by his wife, daughter and son in a beautiful heartwarming fashion. Sanders said he wasn’t sure that this was a real presentation; he thought it could have been like those set ups you see on television where they fool the crooks into believing they have won something to get them all in one place. He said he remembered one time someone asking him if he was a Q and he didn’t answer yes or no. He thought this award presentation may have been designed to chastise him for not answering the question correctly.

The evening concluded with the men of Omega singing the Omega Hymn and line dances played by DJ Mac Daddy, and when he played the “Atomic Dog” a few brothers took the opportunity to step.

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