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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S Central Region Wendy Gordon dazzled the audience Steppers of the Kansas City Alum- Variety Show greatest hits and other jazz favor- thralled with the interpretive dancenae Chapter. The audience was en-with her renditions of Nina Simone’s “SOLEFEST in the Show ites.During Act Three, Soror Woolfolk the Kansas City Steppers.movements and precise stepping of Me State” introduced “Spring into High Gear The Variety Show fi nale was in- with Delta Sigma Theta.” Central Re- spiring as the group 3 Central cooled BY GLENISE A. CLOUDY gional Director Sandra Lucado along down the audience with its contem- with South Atlantic Regional Director porary sound featuring smooth jazz, Ttled the “SOLEFEST in the Show trench coat, scarf and rolling travel tions.The Variety Show was underwrit-urban grooves and soulful inspira-Linda Wilson and Southern RegionalDirector Lois Gilder modeled a springhere was a bevy of music andtalent at the Variety Show enti- Me State,” held on June 2, 2011, dur- bag presented to the regional direc- ten by the Brown Shoe Company. ▲ ing the 45th Central Regional Confer- tors by National President Cynthia M. ence in St. Louis. Soror Ida Goodwin A. Butler-McIntyre. Sorors and guests Central Region Public ter, who served as mistress of cere- the trio was asked to come back on Service Projectwere so excited about the attire that Woolfolk of St. Louis Alumnae Chap- monies stirred up the crowd with her stage and then march down the aisle, 2011 Delta Cares crisp repertoire. simulating a Paris runway. Divided into six acts, the pro- In Act Four, The Caesars, an all- Impact Event gram appealed to all audiences and male group, performed hits from the all age groups. The opening act Temptations, Harold Melvin and the BY ASHLEY JOYCE LEWIS Askari Hodari, a group of high school Blue Notes and other male groups us- rican warriors, performed a routine were known for in the 60s and 70s. Dpact Event, held on the eve-uring the 2011 Delta Cares Im-ing the same dance step the groups students whose name symbolized Af- reminiscent of fraternity steppers. In Another crowd-pleasing per- ning of June 3, 2011 as part Act Two, with a piano accompanist, formance was courtesy of the Soul of the 45th Central Regional Confer- ence in St. Louis, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. partnered with three organizations in the St. Louis area to leave a lasting mark in the community. These organizations included Phyllis Wheatley Transitional Housing Program, Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition and St. Pius V Immigrant Refugee Program. Those in attendance were able to see presentations about each of the partnering organizations and hear from their representa- tives. The Phyllis Wheatley Tran- sitional Housing Program pro- vides homeless women, 18 and older, safe and affordable dor- mitory-style housing and com- prehensive services for up to 24 months. Participants receive Central Region sorors at the Delta Dear Reception during the Central Regional Conference. life skills and job training, case PHOTO BY ANTHONY CARTWRIGHT management as well as group 34 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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