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Serve: Transforming Lives, Impacting Communities EMBODI participants attend Birmingham Alumnae Chapter’s Career Awareness Fair. JOURNAL Summer 2013 s53 munities that they serve by raising awareness of the importance and benefits of lifestyle changes that affect longevity, morbidity, and mortality. Participants and sponsors include Care- South Carolina; Body By Vi; Alpha Essentials: Healthy and Natural Products; Edwards Chiropractic Wellness Center; Nature’s Best Alternative Xooma World- Wide; The Well: A Holistic Health and Wellness Center; Mental Health for the Family; Sword of Truth Outreach Ministries, Inc.; Grace Sports (Carolina Basketball Academy); Wii – Just Dance and Zumba; and Curves in Laurinburg, N.C. In addition to pamphlets that provided important health information, participants were given healthy snacks and opportunities to win door prizes. s The Bermuda Alumnae Chapter salutes Soror Alana Anderson who recently participated in the St. Baldrick Foundation’s head-shaving and fundraising event to benefit children with cancer. Soror Anderson joined many supporters and other head shavees to raise more than $350,000 for children’s cancer research. Her original personal goal was to raise $5,000. Instead, Soror Anderson’s selfless act helped her to raise over $21,000 for the foundation. “I heard of the great work of St. Baldrick’s foundation from a colleague and friend who shaved her head the previous year. I couldn’t believe how selfless it was and wanted to do the same,” said Anderson. “My mother and mother-in-law are both cancer survivors. This was my way to honor and support them.” Soror Anderson also stated that in a society where looks mean so much, she is amazed how brave children with cancer are. “They show no fear, huge smiles and have the best spirit imaginable,” said Anderson. The St. Baldrick Foundation contributes more to childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Since March 2000, the foundation has sponsored the head-shaving event, welcoming over 24,000 women volunteers to shave their heads in honor of brave children battling cancer. s The Birmingham (AL) Alumnae Chapter’s Educational Development Committee sponsored an empowering Career Awareness Fair for the EMBODI youth initiative. Career consultants participating in the fair were selected based on the career interests expressed by EMBODI members. Career fields of interest were represented by an engineer, artist, teacher, general law and corporate attorney, a retired Army colonel, internal medicine and psychology physicians, and a police officer. All consultants gave vital information and direction in pursing these chosen career paths. After a motivating and inspiring group presentation, breakout sessions were held to give the EMBODI participants the opportunity to discuss the various career opportunities in detail. Each EMBODI participant was inspired to maintain academic excellence in order to reach their future career goals. s Charlotte Alumnae Chapter held the Open House and Blessing for the new Delta Center in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 4, 2011. Deltas of Charlotte Foundation, Inc. were the driving force behind this huge project that began May 1, 2011, with a groundbreaking ceremony. “The 6,354 square foot facility will primarily be used for meetings and community projects of Charlotte Alumnae Chapter and DOCF. We’re excited about this special opportunity to build a facility for our chapter, foundation and our community,” says Ellen Flamer, chair of DOCF. Two local minority firms, Darrel Williams of Neighboring Concepts and Ron Leeper of R.J. Leeper Construction, designed and completed


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