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The Psi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. hosted its annual Talent
Hunt competition. Shown are (L-R): Brother Cassius Smith, Basileus; Emilia
Sharpe, First Place winner ($300); Dayna Hagstedt, Second Place winner
($200); Jahi Muhammad; Jinho Rang, third place. ($100); Sanaa Lucas; and
Brother Juan Eckard, chairman, Talent Hunt Committee
ESR honors Louise G. Wilson at |
Winter Wonderland j
THE CHRONICLE .
The late Louise G. Wilson, longtime executive direc
tor of Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR), was honored at
ESR's winter event.
ESR held a Winter Wonderland on Feb. 21 at the
BB&T Ballpark Stadium in the Womble Carlyle Room.
William Womble was ESR's first board chair when the
agency began in 1964.
The event included dinner and a silent auction, fol
lowed by performances by the Twin City Choristers
throughout the evening. Members of the Louise G. Wilson
Legacy Society were officially inducted at the event.
Twana W. Roebuck, executive director of ESR, welcomed
the evening's participants. Following the first perform
ance of the Twin City Choristers, Fred Bazemore, director
of programs and operations at ESR, spoke about the orga
nization's mission and impact.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Self-Sufficiency Program
Clients, shared with the audience about their experience
coming to ESR, encouraging others to "never be afraid to
ask for help."
Sponsors and volunteers were recognized by
Bazemore, and Sharon Jeffries-Jones, Director of CRA
and Community Development at BB&T, made comments
in supporting ESR's mission as a sponsor.
Tire late Louise ,G. Wilson was ESR's Executive
Director from 1968-1985. She began working at ESR in
1965, ESR's founding year, as the assistant director. In
1968, Mrs. Wilson became ESR's executive director
where she served until 1985. During her tenure, she was
responsible for starting many of ESR's programs, such as
the transitional housing program and elements of the Self
Mrs. Wilson became
well known for her compas
sion for the poor and com
mitment to the community.
The Louise G. Wilson
Legacy Society was created
in honor of the late Louise
G. Wilson, whose vision to
empower people to become
self-reliant remains at the
forefront of the agency. As a
part of the society, members I
Experiment in Self-Reliance holds its Winter Wonderland at the Ballpark on
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more and maintain member
ship by contributing to ESR's Annual Giving Campaign.
Inducted members are as followed: ACEY Group,
Chambers Family Trust, Jakay and Minnie Ervin, Gregory
Gatto, Tommy and Pat Hickman, John and Beth O'Brien,
Thomas O'Neil, Jerry Romans, Starbuck Advised Fund,
Ed Welch, A1 and Amy White, and the Lynette Wilson
This event was sponsored by BB&T and Mr. and Mrs.
Jakay Ervin. Auction sponsors included a/perture cinema,
Carolina Ale House, Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Dejavu
Lifestyle Nail Salon, Keona's Boutique, Ma'Ati Spa,
Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Perfect Touch Day
Spa, Juie Rattley IB, Bobby Roebuck, Texas Roadhouse,
Wake Forest University, Sherry Wilcox, James Williams,
and Winston-Salem State University. Other donators
include First Baptist Church, Food Lion, and James
ESR gives a special thanks to the ESR Development
Committee, staff and board, as well as the Top Teens and
BB&T Ballpark Stadium for helping to make the event a
ESR is a non-profit organization whose mission is to
empower working low-income and chronically homeless
individuals and families to achieve their full potential for
long-term social and economic self-reliance. Their pro
grams include Self-Sufficiency (assistance in education).
Housing (helping the chronically homeless find perma
nent housing), New Century IDA or Individual
Development Account (financial education and matched
savings toward a down-payment on a home), and Forsyth
Free Tax (free tax preparation for low-moderate income
individuals and families).
ESR serves over 700 people each year in Housing,
Self-Sufficiency, and IDA, and prepared taxes for over
4,000 people last tax season.
For more information on ESR's programs, visit their
website at www.eisr.otg or call 336-722-9400.
Fraternity hosts Talent
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
The Psi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity Inc. hosted its annual Talent
Hunt competition on Sunday, March 6 at
? the Fine Arts Building on the campus of
Winston-Salem State University.
Any student in grades nine to 12
enrolled in a high school in Winston
Salem/Forsyth County and UNC School of
the Arts had the opportunity to enter to win
scholarships ranging from $100 to $300
and the chance to represent the chapter of
the district level.
Listed below are the winners:
?Emilia Sharpe -12th grade, UNC
School of the Arts- 1st Place winner ($300)
and will represent the chapter at the district
level in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on April 23.
?Dayna Hagstedt- 11th grade, UNC
School of the Arts- 2nd Place ($200).
?Jahi Muhammad- 12th grade.
Parkland High School. Instrument-Tuba
?Jinho Kang- 11th grade, UNC
School of the Arts- 3rd place ($100).
* Sanaa Lucas- Ninth grade, UNC
School of the Arts. Instrument-Violin
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