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CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIION Founders Day Weekend JOURNAL Summer 2013 s37 pianist Soror Dana Morgan, Washington DC Alumnae Chapter, who played a medley of “To God Be The Glory” and George Handel’s “Messiah,” the 14th National President, Soror Frankie Muse Freeman, led the Centennial toast, celebrating “the continuation of the wonderful vision and efforts of all of us and the community.” In keeping with Delta Sigma Theta’s commitment to community and social change, the organization took a moment to honor General Electric’s CEO, Jeff Immelt. Immelt received the Centennial Award for corporate leadership and his commitment to diversity. “We think that GE and Delta Sigma Theta have much in common,” said Susan Peters, vice president of executive development and chief learning officer of GE, who accepted the award in Immelt’s absence. “GE and Jeff Immelt are not only committed to diversity, but we are commented to the exceptional develop of exceptional talent. We have been able to hire some of the very best that you’ve identified.” GE and Delta Sigma Theta created a partnership in 2002 though the organization’s Leadership DELTA, a program that develops, coaches, and mentors Delta women. National Second Vice President Chelsea C. Hayes, who was recently employed by GE after joining the company as an intern, presented the award, which also recognized GE’s longstanding commitment to the Sorority. President Barack Obama sent video greetings congratulating the Sorority and its members for being advocates of the community for Classical pianist Dana Morgan, of Washington DC Alumnae Chapter, 100 years. “Delta Sigma Theta has always stood for opportunity, knowledge, and power. In the early days, the founding Deltas marched for women’s suffrage on the streets of this city, and today, you are still living up to that legacy,” said President Obama. “Thank you for everything you've done in the last century and all you will do in the next one.” The evening concluded with a surprise performance by R&B crooner, Eric Benet, who swept the members off of their feet by performing his latest hits, including “Spend My Life With You” and “Georgy Porgy.” Members left the dinner and ended the weekend armed with the “Delta Spirit,” ready to continue to serve their communities performs a tribute medley to the 22 Founders. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES Eric Benet performs during Founders Day Dinner. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES for the next 100 years. s


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