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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, March 17, 2016, Page A9, Image 9

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Snh?T?ifWt photo 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 SPECIAL TO 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 Sufficiency Program. 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 Submitted photo Experiment in Self-Reliance holds its Winter Wonderland at the Ballpark on 1 I IIUTV UVI1UIVU 1 ,V/VU V/l * ??" 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 Family. 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 Gadson. 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 success. 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 Hunt competition 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. Instrument-Violin ?Dayna Hagstedt- 11th grade, UNC School of the Arts- 2nd Place ($200). Instrument-Flute ?Jahi Muhammad- 12th grade. Parkland High School. Instrument-Tuba ?Jinho Kang- 11th grade, UNC School of the Arts- 3rd place ($100). Instrument-Piano * Sanaa Lucas- Ninth grade, UNC School of the Arts. Instrument-Violin The RCPnttAnodttloa has awarded Th? ChriMilc^HH^^^H ?Plrtt Place in the New* Coverage cat?go^^^^HH| me start won tor its work on issues tfiat included local coverage of the Charleston Massacre. ? * i t t 1 raw I

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