FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2022
Contact: Billy Buckner / Cyshelle Williams Graham
Alphas and Zetas Host 3rd Annual A2Z Race at Your Pace Fun Run
Fayetteville, North Carolina – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Gamma Upsilon Zeta Chapter, will host their 3rd Annual A2Z Race at Your Pace Fun Run/Walk Saturday, June 3, 2023at Methodist University. Proceeds from the race will be donated to the March of Dimes March for Babies and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
Registration to be open soon. The registration fee is $40. Participants will receive a race shirt and medal.
“Since 2020 we have donated more than $20,000 to the March of Dimes March for Babies. This year we will donate half of all money raised to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center,” said Billy Buckner, co-race coordinator. Donating to our local NICU allows us to directly impact our community here in Fayetteville."
“Our long-term goal is for the A2Z Race a be a signature community fundraising effort that supports a much needed and worthy cause, the health of all mothers and babies. We look forward to wonderful and successful race,” said Buckner.
Businesses interested in sponsoring the race should visit https://www.19aaa06.org/sponsorship for more details and to complete sponsor application.
Send donations to Cash App at $AtoZrace or PayPal at AToZrace@gmail.com.
Mail checks to A2Z Committee, P.O. Box 1572, Fayetteville, NC 28302. Make checks payable to Epsilon Rho Lambda. Include A2Z in memo section on check.
For more than 40 years, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., have partnered with the March of Dimes March for Babies to increase awareness about prematurity, advocate for programs and funding, and promote health equity for all mothers and babies.
March of Dimes - For more than 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. The MoD builds on the legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background, or demographics. The MOD supports moms throughout their pregnancy, advocates for policies that prioritize their health, supports radical improvements to the care they receive, and pioneers research to find solutions to the biggest health threats to moms and babies.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The fraternity’s national programs include A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College, and Project Alpha. The local chapter, Epsilon Rho Lambda is actively engaged in the community and has established partnerships with the Cumberland County Schools, Salvation Army, Cumberland Community Foundation, March of Dimes, and other agencies throughout the community. Visit our website at www.19aaa06.org for more information.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 16, 1920, at Howard University, Washington, D.C. Since its inception, Zeta has continued its steady climb into the national spotlight with programs designed to demonstrate concern for the human condition both nationally and internationally. Zeta national and local programs include the endowment of its National Educational Foundation community outreach services and support of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliaries have given thousands of hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change. Visit our website at https://zphib1920.org/ for more information.
A2Z Donates $10,000 to March of Dimes
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The Alphas and Zetas partnered to host the inaugural virtual A2Z Race at Your Pace fun run/walk to raise money for the March of Dimes March for Babies April 18-24. Thanks to our sponsors and all those who donated or registered to walk/run to support health equity for all mothers and babies. “This is the first Do it Yourself walk in North Carolina” said Penix. “We are so proud; our whole organization is buzzing about the amount of collaboration between your organizations.”
(left to right) Dr. Letitia Johnson-Arnold, co-race coordinator; Ms. Cyshelle William Graham, president Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Gamma Upsilon Zeta Chapter; Ms. Michaela Penix, March of Dimes Director of Maternal Infant Health for North Carolina; Mr. Anthony Henderson, president Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter and Mr. Billy Buckner, co-race coordinator; present $10,000 donation on behalf of the A2Z Committee to March of Dimes during a ceremony June 10, 2021 at Fayetteville State University.
A2Z Conducts WIDU Interview
Chapter Pesidents and Co-Race Directors conduct WIDU interview to promote A2Z Race at Your Pace and Blood Drive.
Local Organizations Host Blood Drive
Fayetteville, North Carolina – The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Gamma Upsilon Zeta Chapter; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter, and The Blood Connection hosted a community-wide blood drive on Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Old Navy parking lot, located at 131 Glensford Drive, Fayetteville, NC.
“The event benefits the community by supporting efforts to address the critical blood shortage impacting the state. Blood donations have significantly decreased due to COVID-19, so our goal is to identify as least 30 or more volunteers to donate”, said Dr. Letitia Johnson-Arnold, a member of Zeta Phi Beta and event coordinator. “According to the American Red Cross, one donation can potentially save as many as three lives and those that have received a COVID-19 vaccine may still donate.”
The Blood Connection followed COVID-19 safety protocols and appropriate infection control standards to reduce potential transmission. All participants were required to wear a mask.
The Blood Connection donated $300 ($10 per donor)to the virtual A2Z Race at Your Pace 5K/3K fun run for the March of Dimes March for Babies. Donors also received a $10 gift card for participating.