Alumnae of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Delta Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. from Grambling State University recently collaborated in hosting the first Pretty Devastating Walk-A-Thon.
Budget cuts and rapidly decreasing funds within the university have raised aware- ness among alumni, and their help in funding and supporting is increasing.
“Prior to all the scrutiny in the media, we were already making an effort to rebuild the brand of Grambling State University,” said Jacqueline Brown, a member of Alpha Theta Spring ’98.
The Pretty Devastating Walk-A-Thon was held in Atlanta, Dallas and Houston Oct. 19-20. The event was a fundraising effort to benefit GSU. Members of each organization, from every city, bonded together and held a friendly competition among cities to see who would raise the most money; Dallas was victorious.
The goal was set for $10,000, but they exceeded the goal, raising $10,500 in only two-and-a-half weeks.
All proceeds generated will benefit Grambling State University through scholar- ships, recruitment and retention initiatives.
Terri Allen, Alpha Theta spring ’93, proposed the idea, and with the help of both sororities the idea rose and be- came a success. Not only did they raise money for the university, and raise awareness of the monetary issues, but they created a bond and built eternal relationships.
Alumnae members from each organization look forward to working with the students in the future. The walk-a-thon has been the first of several upcoming community services that the sororities planned for GSU.