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president gave acknowledgements and extended appreciation to DREF supporters and key stakeholders. She stated: “As we move forward to our next 50 years we look back with sincere reflections of gratitude to all who have served as DREF leaders, DREF staff members and volunteers, individual donors, major benefactors and collaborators. We salute the past presidents of DREF for their legacy of leadership and service which ensured we observe the Foundation’s 50th year. On behalf of the DREF Board of Directors, I also extend profound gratitude to the Past National Presidents of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., beginning with the 13th National President Geraldine P. Woods, who led the Sorority in establishing its very own 501 (c) (3) organization in 1967 to then National President Dr. Paulette C. Walker for their unwavering support and faithful leadership to uphold the mission of DREF.” Soror Lewis also recognized individuals who have continuously been major donors throughout multiple years in DREF’s history which includes: • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. • Leona M. Bridges • Clinton Family Foundation • Oleta L. Crain (posthumously) • Margo Copeland and KeyBank Foundation • Beverly Dummett • Hagans Family Foundation • James R. & Anita Horne Jenkins Family Foundation • Stephanie Nellons Paige & Rod Paige • Eula Dean Roby (posthumously) • Carolyn & Larry P. Suarez, Fourteen s56 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Karat Plus Soror Suzzanne Douglas, Honorary Member, serves as concert mistress of ceremonies and is joined musician Kim Jordan and vocalist Ka’ba, the soul singer, in performing Gil Scott-Heron hit recording, “The Revolution Will Not be Televised.” PHOTO BY LE’RAY CRUSE CRAIG The DREF Golden Anniversary celebration also included awarding 50 students with a $1,000 scholarship and awarding 50 Delta chapters with a 2017- 18 Community Empowerment Grant. A complete listing of the awardees is posted on the DREF website www. deltafoundation.net. Welcome to New Board Members Two new members were elected to the DREF Board of Directors during this 50th anniversary year. DREF welcomes Sorors Michele Hagans and Nikisha Horn. Soror Hagans, a real estate developer in Washington, DC. and former DST National Executive Board member, is a Member at-Large. Soror Horn is a chemist (research and development) who resides in Illinois; she is a member of Chicago Alumnae Chapter. DREF Receives Award from NIH’s All of Us Research Program DREF has recently received a three-year award from the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program to conduct a community awareness campaign that informs African Americans about the importance of understanding and participating in biomedical research. The All of Us Research Program, a part of the Precision Medicine Initiative created during the President Barack Obama administration, plans to engage one million or more volunteers living in the U.S. to contribute their health data over many years to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of evidence based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment. DREF has named its awareness campaign, “Research Matters: Creating Possibilities to Achieve Health and Wellness for All of Us” and will focus on the objective of creating awareness about how research matters in closing the health disparities gap. Cherie Jackson of Washington (DC) Alumnae enjoying the DREF Golden Anniversary Concert. PHOTO BY LE’RAY CRUSE CRAIG


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