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. 

Sponsorships & tickets are now available for 2020 MLKS Luncheon

posted Nov 30, 2019, 7:27 PM by Bobby Clark

The 41st annual event is set for Saturday, January 11, 2020 

Greenville, South Carolina - We are very excited to announce our 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon which will be on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Noon to 2 PM. This marks the 41st Anniversary Celebration and it will be held at the Melvin and Debbie Younts Conference Center on Furman’s campus. We will have lunch, great oration, a live jazz band and we will name our MLK Citizenship Award Winner for 2020. The Luncheon is considered to be the leadoff event for Greenville’s MLK Celebration and we are proud to be a partner again with Furman University.

We requesting your support for the Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation (AGF) as we start our fundraising effort to support our foundation events including Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon and our six other efforts for 2020. We are very proud of the effect we are having on Greenville’s Youth and we need your help to expand our programs to more youth in the upstate community. Please visit our foundation website, www.alphagreenville.org, for more information about all of our efforts.

Please consider support at levels available in the attached Solicitation Packet. Tickets are now available from any active brother in Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter or by contacting us at the Foundation number at (864) 735-0880. Online tickets will be available after December 22, 2019, on eventbrite.com

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Branch, our sponsorship chairman at mlkgala@alphagreenville.org or call me at (864) 238-0698. We thank the upstate community for its continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the Luncheon and our other events in 2020. 


Kevin Branch

Fund Raising Chair, Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation

Cell 864-238-0698 | oneb91@gmail.com


2019 Project Alpha Seminar set for July 20th

posted May 29, 2019, 6:49 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated May 29, 2019, 6:50 AM ]

You can register for this year's program at upstateprojectalpha2019.eventbrite.com
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Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation is again set to hold its annual Project Alpha Seminar at the Kroc Center (424 Westfield Street | Greenville, SC 29601) on July 20th. The seminar will start at 10 AM and last until 2 PM. 

Project Alpha is an educational program for adolescent males conducted collaboratively by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the March of Dimes. First developed in 1980, its goal is to assist young men with making responsible decisions. "It about making responsible choices," said Program Chair Chuck Ford. "We want to empower [young men] with knowledge and skills to make better choices."

Brother Chuck Ford, Program Chair, leads a discussion about making good choices at last year's seminar. 

The program encourages participants to increase healthy lifestyle behaviors by learning about the consequences of pregnancy, anatomy, and physiology of the human body, and the importance of fatherhood. Since 2011, we have reached more than 400 young men with the program. Read more this year's program on our event page

Local churches, organizations, and schools are asked to refer young African-American males between the ages of 12-17 who will benefit from the program. We also invite the public to join us by serving as group leaders in the presentations and group discussions being held. Volunteers, including community leaders, health care providers, lawyers, and clergymen, lead the sessions.

AGF names 2019 Luke H. Chatman Scholarship Winner

posted May 25, 2019, 10:29 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated May 25, 2019, 11:18 AM ]

Congratulations to Mr. Elijah Jabari Neal named as our 2019 LHC Scholarship Winner


Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation (AGF) is proud to name Elijah Jabari Neal as our winner of 2019 Luke H. Chatman Scholarship. Elijah is currently enrolled as a senior at Blue Ridge High School. Our AGF Scholarship committee met on May 21st to make the selection from several outstanding candidate applications. Elijah will receive $750.00 per year for four years for attending a college of his choice by Spring 2020.


"We are very proud to support all of our students with their college careers" said Jimmy Durante, Scholarship Chair and AGF Treasurer. "[Elijah] plans to pursue a Sports Management degree at the University of South Carolina". AGF currently supports four students attending college at the University of South Carolina and Mercer University. To date, the foundation has provided more than 30 students with over $80,000 in scholarship funding. 

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AGF Announces RWA Golf Outing at Cliffs Keowee Falls

posted Mar 3, 2019, 12:29 AM by Bobby Clark

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Salem, South Carolina -  We are asking our supports to contribute to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Greenville Foundation and join our members and other donors for an exclusive round of golf at the Cliffs at Keowee Falls Golf Course. The golf event will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019, starting at 1:00 pm, Lunch will start at 11:00 AM.

The Robert W. Anderson Charity Golf Outing funds raised that 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.

Contribution and event selections:

  • A round of Golf at the Cliffs at Keowee Falls ($101.00)
  • Post-Golf Meal ($25.00)
  • Foundation Contribution* ($74.00)
  • $200.00 Total payment plus credit/debit card fees

All monies must be received by Friday, May 24, 2019

* A receipt for this amount will be furnished indicating the contribution made to the 501c3 Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation.

2019 JVOC Competition names Winners

posted Mar 3, 2019, 12:29 AM by Bobby Clark

Greenville, South Carolina - The Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation (AGF) and Furman University continued our 11-year partnership by promoting oratorical skills with Greenville County High School Students, with the annual Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Contestant. (JVOC).

Since 2008, AGF has sponsored the Joseph Vaughn Oratorial Competition and this year we again had five finalists compete in the event which was held at Tabernacle Baptist Church, on 400 S. Hudson Street in Greenville South Carolina.

This year's five finalists were as follows:

 

Zharia Anderson
Legacy Charter High School

11th Grade

 

Cole Dawson
Riverside High School
12th Grade

 



Xavier Conquest
Hillcrest High School
12th Grade

 

Shalyn Drakeford
Riverside High School
12th Grade

 

Talia Samard
Riverside High School
12th Grade




The contestants spoke on this year's theme, " Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. What my responsibility in today's society?", which refers to the Martin Luther King's famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail written in April 1963. Contestants were required to give 4-7:30 minute speeches and were evaluated by a panel of four judges on the following areas: Content, Delivery, and Language.

All the finalists gave outstanding speeches. However, the results of our competition were as follows:


1st Place Shalyn Drakeford
2nd Place Xavier Conquest
3rd Place Talia Samard

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

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 Aug 11, 2019, 1:47 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.

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