On March 15, at the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville, hundreds attended “Swing into Spring” an Arts Brunch and Fashion Show hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter’s Arts and Letters Committee.
The brunch benefited the Dr. Vernell A. Lillie Arts Scholarship Fund. According to Arts and Letters Chairperson Karen Price, the scholarship named after Dr. Lillie, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, who for 40 years has made countless contributions to the arts in the Pittsburgh Community, was awarded to a deserving student from the metropolitan Pittsburgh area. This was the first Dr. Lillie Arts Scholarship to encourage students to pursue education and careers in the arts by providing tuition assistance, textbook assistance or art supplies, tools and/or equipment assistance to those pursuing a post –secondary education in the arts at the college level or equivalent.
The sold out event kicked off with a musical prelude by the Barack Obama International Studies Academy Steel Drum Band and the HDAT Dancers. Lunch was enjoyed and the first Dr. Vernell Lillie Arts and Letters scholarship valued at $1,000 was presented to Carly Haywood.
Now it was show time, featuring fashions from Ashley Stewart in Edgewood Towne Center, Allure Boutique on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield; Larrimor’s; Ujamaa Collective; Something Borrowed Boutique; and Michelangelo’s Tailoring & Tuxedos. The female models were all members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and included: Rochelle Chatman, Judy A. Clark, Amber Farr, Tynesha Frazier, Danielle Ginyard, Kimberle Greene, Erica Lamar-Motley, Tammi McMillan, Carolyn Peterson, Shantel Smith and Dana Thompson-Smith. The male models were each representing their fraternity: Aaron Coleman, Kappa Alpha Psi; Derric Heck, Omega Psi Phi; Gregory Lovelace, Alpha Phi Alpha; and guest model Vince Sims, Alpha Phi Alpha. Guests also enjoyed several musical selections from Linda Ross-Brown.
In closing Price stated that the arts equal jobs. They are integral to our society. The arts develop creativity and alternative thinking skills required to develop the world and more fully participate in it. They are part of the cultural heritage of every American. The arts are what makes us most human, most complete as people.
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