FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2021
Contact: Billy Buckner / Dr. Letitia Johnson-Arnold
Alphas and Zetas Host Virtual 5K/3K Run at Your Pace Fun Run/Walk
Fayetteville, North Carolina – The men of Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and the ladies of Gamma Upsilon Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, will host the inaugural A2Z Run at Your Pace fun run/walk April 18th through April 24th to raise money for the annual March of Dimes March for Babies campaign.
“We are excited to bring the March of Dimes March back to Fayetteville,” said Anthony Henderson, president Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter. “It’s a fun and healthy way to raise money to support a worthy cause.”
The virtual fun run kicks off on Apr. 18 at 6:30 a.m. and ends on Apr. 24 at 12 p.m. (noon). Participants can run or walk either the 5K or 3K at their own pace at any time during the run/walk period. Upon completion of their run/walk, participants are encouraged to post pictures to the A2Z website or their social media sites as well as use the hashtag #A2Zfunrun.
“Whether you are a beginner or competitive runner or just want to support mothers and their babies, come out and join us, this walk/run is for everyone” said Cyshelle Williams-Graham, president of Gamma Upsilon Zeta Chapter. “Support to moms and their babies is even more important today given the COVID-19 pandemic and we want to do whatever we can to help families. As a mother of a premature baby, I understand the need for funds to support the March of Dimes.”
The event registration opens February 15, 2021 and closes April 4, 2021. To register, visit, tinyurl.com/1b64wwlq. The registration fee is $30 for in-person pickup of race packets. The registration fee is $35 for participants who opt to have their race t-shirt mailed (includes shipping cost). Participants will receive a race T-shirt prior to the event.
All proceeds for the race will be donated to the March of Dimes March for Babies campaign.
March of Dimes - For 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 Conducts WIDU Interview
Great interview with WIDU radio this morning about our upcoming A2Z Race at Your Pace (April 18-24) and Blood Drive (March 27). Thanks to WIDU for giving us the opportunity to share our story.
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.