Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation, Inc. 

      P.O. Box 5263    |    Greenville, SC 29606-9998  |     (864) 735-0880





Announcements

The page list the Foundation's announcements, press releases, and opportunities. Please contact the foundation at contact@gglapa.org with any questions or comments about the information listed below. 

Pearlie Harris is Named 2019 MLK Citizenship Award Winner

posted Dec 22, 2018, 6:14 AM by Bobby Clark

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Greenville, South Carolina -  Born in 1936 in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Pearlie was the third of four children and the only girl. After the family moved into a log cabin in rural Saluda, North Carolina, Harris spent summers singing with the Billy Graham Crusade in Montreat. After high school, she attended Barber-Scotia College where she majored in education and landed her first job teaching fifth grade in Beaufort. It was there in 1960 she met her husband, a Marine drill instructor at Parris Island.
 
In 1963, they moved to Greenville so Harris could care for her ailing mother. Both their sons were born here and reared in her husband's religion, which she confessed, is how she came to be a Catholic. In the Upstate, Harris taught at the Washington Middle School and then at Burgess Elementary. Both were segregated, she said. Later, Harris taught at Sara Collins Elementary and then in the gifted program. While working and raising her sons, she pursued a graduate degree, earning her master's from Furman University in 1983.
 
After 37 years of teaching, she retired. She wanted to find a way to help her community and extend her personal mission of faith, help, and hope. And just days later, she said, she was drafted by a friend to be a volunteer at St. Francis, working first at the reception desk and then on the internal review board assessing clinical trials. She served as Eucharistic minister and on the St. Francis Foundation Board sharing her wisdom and community knowledge. In 2009, she was approached to serve on the Board of Directors for St. Francis Health System where she became the first woman and the first ethnic person to serve as chair of the board.
 
On October 20, 2011, a family that had a lot of history with St. Francis donated a building and named it The Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health.
 
Over the years, along with volunteering at St. Francis, Harris has served on the boards of the Urban League of the Upstate, the Greenville Symphony Guild, the Greenville Chorale and the Greenville County Museum of Art where she spent hundreds of hours at the museum as a docent, sharing her love of art with children. A congregant of St. Mary's Church in Mauldin, she's a member of the Catholic Fellowship and the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women Historians and was named the 2010 South Carolina State Catholic Woman of the Year. She has served as chair of the American Heart Association's Go Red campaign, a volunteer at the BMW Golf Tournament and a member of the St. Mary's School PTA.
 
In addition to the vast support she has lent St. Francis, she has been instrumental in leading the Greenville Mardi Gras Gala, a signature event which raises thousands of dollars for critical needs throughout the Upstate; has served on the board of St. Joseph's High School for more than a decade; served two years as President of St. Mary's Woman's Club and has given leadership to various boards including Operation Shoe Horn. Currently, she is on the Board at Center Stage and Greenville County Museum of Art. She is the President of Unity Health on Main and vice president of the Greenville County Youth Orchestra.

We are extremely proud to select Pearlie Harris as our 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award Winner. Please join us as we honor his work at the 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala on January 13, 2019. 


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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906. The Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter was chartered on August 24, 1941, in Greenville, South Carolina under the Umbrella of the National Organization and the first African-American Greek-Letter Alumni Chapter in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Established in 2012 as a public 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempted organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation's mission is to aid the poor and disadvantaged and help them toward a life of self-sufficiency. Our programs address teenage pregnancy prevention, college preparation & awareness, educational scholarships, youth leadership development, and other similar programs. We serve the Upstate area of South Carolina and are affiliated with the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of ΑΦΑ in Greenville, South Carolina.

AGF releases its 2018 Annual Report

posted Jul 11, 2018, 4:31 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Nov 4, 2018, 6:34 PM ]

Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation (AGF) released its 2018 Annual Report which covered its programs from March 2017 to March 2018. This year, the foundation reached more than 430 students with its six (6) youth programs which include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Program, Dr. Rudolph G. Gordon College Fair, Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Contest, Leadership Development & Citizenship Education Institute (LDCEI) and Project Alpha Program. 

 
Here are some highlights and follow ups from this year's report. 
  • Dr. Rudolph G. Gordon College Fair had a record number of student awards with 98 student winners and more than 250 people attending the program. That program held two seminars on Finanical Aid and First year of College at Furman University's Trone Student Center. 
  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Program awarded 264 MLK Youth Award to Greenville high schools through the Greenville County School District.
  • AGF's LDCEI effort sent six high school students to Mississippi to participate with more than 200 students at Southern Regional event on the campus of Alcorn State University in June 2018.
  • AGF and Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter awarded the 2018 Luke H. Chatman Scholarship to Ms. Mckeena Johnson. AGF now supports four students with the scholarship. 
  • Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Contest had six orators and awarded $850 in student scholarships. The program was attended by more than 50 people at Springfield Baptist Church in Greenville.  
  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala had attendance of more than 250 people in January. The program continues to headline Greenville's Martin Luther King efforts and we celebrate our 10 year partnership with Furman University.  
  • 2018 Robert W. Anderson, Jr. Golf Outing was held at The Cliffs at Glassy had 32 golfers in June. 
The public can download the full preliminary report from the Gamma Gamma Lambda website at this location http://www.gglapa.org/download/AGF%202018%20Annual%20Report


2018 Project Alpha Seminar set for July 14, 2018

posted Apr 27, 2018, 6:38 AM by Bobby Clark

Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation and the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are sponsoring their annual Project Alpha Seminar on July 14, 2018, at the Salvation Army's Kroc Center of Greenville, from 10 AM to 2 PM. 

Project Alpha is a set of educational seminars for adolescent males conducted collaboratively by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the March of Dimes. First developed in 1980, the program's goal is to assist young men with making responsible life decisions. The program will have several speakers on various topics related to male life experiences. There is an emphasis placed on the notion many life decisions have consequences and they should be aware of those consequences.

Parents and young adult males between the age of 12-17 can attend and can register online by July 14, 2018. All attendees are required to have parental consent because of the frank nature of the discussions and topics that are discussed. Online registration participants should bring their tickets to the event.

For more information about the Project Alpha agenda, you can contact the Program Chairman, Chuck Ford, at (864) 325-2809 or send an email to contact@alphagreenville.org.

AGF Sponsors 2018 Robert Anderson, Jr. Golf Outing on June 2nd

posted Mar 19, 2018, 9:22 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 9:42 PM ]



All monies must be received by May 18, 2018

Register now at https://rwacgo-cliffs2018.eventbrite.com

Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation is sponsoring the Robert Anderson, Jr. Charity Golf Outing at the Cliffs at Glassey. The charity event will contribute to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Greenville Foundation as you join our members and other donors for an exclusive round of golf at the Cliffs at Glassy Golf Course.

The golf event will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018, starting at 11:00 am.
Funds raised by this event are used by Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation to execute Foundation efforts to include, but not limited to:                              

 More information about our efforts can be found at www.alphagreenville.org/efforts

Contribution and event selections:

  • A round of Golf at Cliffs at Glassy ($101.00)
  • Post-Golf Meal ($25.00)
  • Foundation Contribution* ($74.00)
  • $200.00 Total payment plus credit/debit card fees
* A receipt for this amount will be furnished indicating the contribution made to the 501c3 Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation.

JVOC continues to promote Oratorical expression with Students

posted Mar 5, 2018, 5:16 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Nov 29, 2018, 7:22 AM ]

Greenville, South Carolina - The Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation was proud to continue is our 10-year partnership with Furman University to promote oratorical skills with High School Students in Greenville County, with the Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Contestant. (JVOC).

Since 2008, AGF has sponsored the Joseph Vaughn Oratorial Competition and this year we had five finalists compete in the event which was held at Springfield Baptist Church, on McBee Avenue in Greenville South Carolina. 



This year's five finalists were as follows:

 

Zharia Anderson

Legacy Charter High School
10th Grade

 

Cole Dawson

Riverside High School
10th Grade
 



Amanda Harris
J.L. Mann High School
12th Grade

 

Asha Marie
Larson-Baldwin
Wad Hampton High School
12th Grade

 

Bobbye Webb
Eastside High School
12th Grade




The contestants spoke on this year's theme, " The Next Civil Rights Movements: What Direction Should It take?", with 4-7 minute speeches and were evaluated by a panel of three judges on the following areas: Content, Delivery, and Language. All the finalist gave outstanding speeches. However, the results of our competition were as follows:



1st Place Amanda Harris
2nd Place Asha Marie Larson-Baldwin
3rd Place Zharia Anderson

Prizes were 1st place, $450, 2nd place, $250, and third place, $150. All other finalists received a certificate and participation prize.




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This competition is named in a honor of Mr. Joseph Vaughn, the first African-American student enrolled at Furman in 1965. Vaughn was a Greenville
native and member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and was well known for his language and oratory skills. "He was a person who knew the English language and how to use it," said Chandra Dillard, Director of Community Relations at Furman. "You would often need to refer to a dictionary after hearing his speeches". Furman University commemorating 50 years of campus desegregation.

Community volunteers served as judges and Upsilon Alpha Chapter, the local College Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha at USC Upstate had roles as presiding host and tabulator during the event. Below are this year's winners and a list of all of the participants. Thank you to all of our contestants and their families as well as our great sponsors for the financial support they gave for this event.

Award Program & College Fair focus on Youth Choices

posted Feb 3, 2018, 10:53 PM by Bobby Clark

Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation again sponsored their 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Program & Dr. Rudolph Gordon College Fair at Furman's University Center on Saturday, February 3rd.

This is one of many of programs that are inspired by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s national effort, “Go to High School, Go to College”, which started in 1916. The Foundation along with Gamma Gamma Chapter held this program with Furman University, continuing its nine-year partnership with conducting Martin Luther King, Jr. events.

The Rudolph G. Gordon College Fair started at 9 AM and featured 10 college representatives from Clemson University, University of SC, Furman University, Greenville Technical College and Spartanburg Methodist College. The Youth program started at 11 AM and featured 73 of the 264 of the 2018 MLK Youth Award winners from all the fourteen (14) High Schools in Greenville County. Last year, with the help of local High School District, we awarded more than 300 awards in five categories: Academics, Art, Athletics, Leadership, & Music.

"Choice followed by action is the way MLK promoted change", said Bobby Clark, Program Chair. "We hope to encourage these talented students to choose to further their education and become brighter lights in the greater beloved community". Keith Barksdale, Foundation Chairman, closed the program by "thanking the parents and the greater family that helped to bring our winners to this program. "

College Fair held two concurrent seminars on Financial Aid & College Life during the program for students and parents. the Financial Aid session, led a Financial Aid Director Bonnie Carson Durham, give advice to parents about the Financial Aid in South Carolina. The College Life session was led by Brother Jeremy Richardson along with students from USC Upstate, Clemson, and Furman University. Light refreshments were served at following the award program.

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906. The Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter was chartered on August 24, 1941, in Greenville, South Carolina under the Umbrella of the National Organization and the first African-American Greek-Letter Alumni Chapter in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Established in 2012 as a public 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempted organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation's mission is to aid the poor and disadvantaged and help them toward a life of self-sufficiency. Our programs address teenage pregnancy prevention, college preparation & awareness, educational scholarships, youth leadership development and other similar programs. We serve the Upstate area of South Carolina and are affiliated with the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of ΑΦΑ in Greenville, South Carolina.

Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was chartered on August 24, 1941. The Chapter was chartered as third Alumni chapter in SC under the Fraternal administration of Bro. Ray W. Logan, 16th General President, and Bro. Jos. H.B. Evans, General Secretary. For more than seventy years, and under the Umbrella of the National Organization, Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter set as her objective to carry out the mandates of "Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for All Mankind".

MLK Scholarship Gala Ticket available online now!

posted Dec 29, 2017, 7:52 AM by Bobby Clark

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Greenville, South Carolina - The Scholarship Gala is the oldest celebration of MLK Day in Greenville, SC; with the first event being held in 1977. It has been co-sponsored by Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Furman University since 2008. 

This event serves four purposes for the Upstate Community. 

  • First, it serves as a lead event for the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter's and Furman University's community celebration of Dr. King's Legacy. 
  • Second, this is the primary fundraising effort for the Luke H. Chatman Scholarship, which is awarded to Greenville High School Students in April of each year. 
  • Third, the Gala serves as an opportunity to educate local youth about Dr. King’s Legacy and various programs that promote positive examples for youth to emulate. As a part of this effort, the Gala features in various presentations and information about Dr. King’s message and programs which are ideal examples his description of “Beloved Community”. 
  • Finally, the Gala is where we announce the latest award of the Martin Luther King Citizenship Award for Upstate of South Carolina.

This year, Mr. Stacey J. Ashmore, Community Child Activist, has been selected as the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award winner which was presented at Gala. In addition to presenting the winner of this year's award, the Gala is the longest held annual Commemorative event MLK Holiday for the Upstate and serves the culminating event for the Foundation's fundraising efforts. 

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906. The Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter was chartered on August 24, 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina under the Umbrella of the National Organization and the first African-American Greek-Letter Alumni Chapter in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Established in 2012 as a public 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempted organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation's mission is to aid the poor and disadvantage and help them toward a life of self-sufficiency. Our programs address teenage pregnancy prevention, college preparation & awareness, educational scholarships, youth leadership development and other similar programs. We serve the Upstate area of South Carolina, and are affiliated with the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of ΑΦΑ in Greenville, South Carolina.

Stacey J. Ashmore named 2018 MLK Citizenship Award Winner

posted Dec 20, 2017, 1:37 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 5:27 AM ]

Greenville, South Carolina - If you are a champion for high risk and under privileged youth in the community, you’ve likely heard of Stacey Ashmore. Stacey has worked in our communities for more than 25 years with community patrol officers, helping to decrease gang activity, with his church, feeding, housing and clothing the homeless and in the Greenville Juvenile Detention Center, mentoring youth by "feeding" them both mentally and spiritually. 

Stacey is dedicated, trained and committed to challenging, motivating, educating and delivering life skills that are changing the lives of many of the youths that he intervenes with. His great passion is helping to enrich the lives of others, spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially. Stacey has been trained in a range of modalities including instructions in victim support, drugs of abuse and drug endangered children, violence in schools, gang awareness and youth violence, law enforcement and safe schools, diversity and mental health training, and Call me MISTER Leadership training. He is long-time presenter of AGF sponsored Project Alpha Program


Due to his exemplary commitment to community services, Stacey Ashmore has received many Outstanding Awards to include the “Max Heller Award”, Certificate of Appreciation for Mothers Raising Sons, “Fast Appreciation (Families and Schools Together)” and “Most Dedicated to the Cause Certificate of Excellence” by the Housing Authority of The City of Greenville.


Stacey is a fun-loving husband, father, grand dad, sibling, and nephew and of great importance “Child Advocate”. He was born, educated, raised and lives in Greenville, SC. He attended Tuskegee University where he studied Physical Education and African American History. Stacey currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator at Greenville Family Partnership, where he continues to work with other organizations and churches to support positive youth initiatives for youth at risk and youth in the Greenville Juvenile Detention Center. 


We are extremely proud to select Stacey Ashmore as our 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award Winner. Please join us as we honor his work at the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala on January 7, 2018. 


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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906. The Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter was chartered on August 24, 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina under the Umbrella of the National Organization and the first African-American Greek-Letter Alumni Chapter in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Established in 2012 as a public 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempted organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation's mission is to aid the poor and disadvantage and help them toward a life of self-sufficiency. Our programs address teenage pregnancy prevention, college preparation & awareness, educational scholarships, youth leadership development and other similar programs. We serve the Upstate area of South Carolina, and are affiliated with the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of ΑΦΑ in Greenville, South Carolina.

Responsible Life choices emphasized to Local Male Youth

posted May 22, 2017, 6:54 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated May 22, 2017, 6:54 PM ]

More than 70 youth are empowered to make responsible decisions at annual Project Alpha Seminar

Contact: Chuck Ford, Bobby Clark
Program Chair: Chuck Ford
Event occurred on July 16, 2016 from 10 AM to 2 PM., Greenville, South Carolina
Questions please contact Chuck Ford, contact@gglapa.org or (864) 325-2809 (cell)

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Some attendees at the Project Alpha Seminar at the Kroc Center on July 16th. 
 
Greenville, South Carolina - On July 16th, Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter, in partnership with the March of Dimes and Alpha Greenville Foundation with our Foundation sponsor, Piedmont Natural Gas, sponsored our annual Project Alpha Seminar. Walmart of Travelers Rest was an important sponsor for the event which was held at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. More than seventy youth ranging in age from 10 to 18 participated in this event which emphasizes responsible decision making as many life situations were discussed at the seminar. 

Collaboration was a key element to the success of the program. "Even if the program is called Project Alpha, we know it takes all of us to send the message to youth to make responsible choices," stated Bro. Chuck Ford, Program Chair. "The goal is to impact young men with accurate information and role models who have made good choices.”

The chapter collaborated with the local community to make this an impactful day for all participants. Featured speakers were Reverend Darrin K. Johnson (ΑΦΑ), Pastor, New Prospect Baptist Church, Attorney Christopher Jackson, lawyer with The Department of Social Services, Mr. Stacey Ashmore – Community Outreach Coordinator of Greenville Family Partnership, and Bro. Patrick Gramblin (ΑΦΑ), Purchasing Manager at BMW Manufacturing. The speakers addressed topics related to self-respect, respect for others, bullying, how to interact with members of the law enforcement agency, teen pregnancy, gang violence and cyber-social responsibility.

Collaboration with other community groups was a key element to the success of the program. "Even if the program is called Project Alpha, we know it takes all of us to send the message to youth to make responsible choices," stated Chuck Ford, Chair of the Program. "The real goal is to impact young men with accurate information and role models who have made good choices.”

The attendance this year was consistent with previous years and highlights the continued efforts to reach into the local community. A solid message was conveyed to all of the youth participants, sponsors and parents who attended.  

Mr. Stacey Ashmore informs participants
about STDs and prevention.

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The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. They fund programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies. Established in 1938 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to put an end to polio, the March of Dimes accomplished this mission within 20 years. Following this victory, the March of Dimes turned its attention to saving babies from birth defects -- mental and physical problems that are present at birth.

Today, the March of Dimes is one of the largest voluntary health agencies in the country, with 92 chapters nationwide. There is a 60-year track record of breakthroughs that save babies, including neonatal intensive care units, surfactant therapy, fetal surgery and folic acid education. Seventy-five percent of funds spent go to research and programs.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906. The Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter was chartered on August 24, 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina under the Umbrella of the National Organization and the first African-American Greek-Letter Alumni Chapter in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Established in 2012 as a public 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempted organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation's mission is to aid the poor and disadvantage and help them toward a life of self-sufficiency. Our programs address teenage pregnancy prevention, college preparation & awareness, educational scholarships, youth leadership development and other similar programs. We serve the Upstate area of South Carolina, and are affiliated with the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of ΑΦΑ in Greenville, South Carolina.

Project Alpha 2017 scheduled for July 15th

posted May 22, 2017, 6:53 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated May 24, 2017, 10:55 PM ]


Project Alpha is a set of educational seminars for adolescent males conducted collaboratively by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the March of Dimes. First developed in 1980, the program's goal is to assist young men with making responsible life decisions. The program will have several speakers on various topics related to male life experiences. There is an emphasis placed on the notion many life decisions have consequences and they should be aware of those consequences. 

Parents and young adult males between the age of 12-17 can attend and can register online by July 15, 2017. All attendees are required to have parental consent because of the frank nature of the discussions and topics that are discussed. Online registration participants should bring their tickets to the event. 

For more information about the Project Alpha agenda, you can contact the Program Chairman, Chuck Ford, at (864) 325-2809 or send an email to contact@alphagreenville.org.

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