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Alpha Phi Fraternity Dance January 19, 2013

By |September 26th, 2013|Events|0 Comments|

Golf Tournament May 18, 2013

Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Manasota, Inc. – 4th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Saturday, May 18, 2013

11 am Registration | 1 pm Shotgun

University Park Country Club
7671 The Park Boulevard – University Park, Florida 34201

On Saturday May 18, 2013 the foundation will host its 4th Annual golf Tournament to raise funds to support this ongoing effort to provide scholarships to deserving students. The golf tournament will be held at the University Park Country Club, 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park Florida, 34201. The club offers spectacular views, challenging holes, and fantastic greens.

Registration will start at 11:00 a.m. with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. We will have prizes for Men 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, Women 1st place, and Seniors 65 + 1st place. In addition, we will have prizes for the putting contest, longest drive, and closest to the pin. If you can make that illusive hole in one, we offer the opportunity to win a Golf Cart sponsored by Custom Carts, and a BMW sponsored by BMW of Sarasota.

The Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Manasota, Inc. is dedicated to providing academic scholarships to deserving students in the greater Sarasota / Manatee County School Systems. Since 2001, our organization has promoted higher education and personal development through its signature programs of scholarship, mentoring, and service to an average of over 150 students per year in our community. More than $60,000 has been in direct support of these students in the form of scholarships and/or services.

We sincerely hope that you will register online and join us for this fun yet worthwhile golf tournament. Your sponsorship and support is greatly appreciated by all the students that benefit from our event.

Printable Golf Tournament Registration

Printable Golf Tournament Flyer

By |March 11th, 2013|Events|0 Comments|

In Honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr

MLK400x831January 19, 2013 — In conjunction with Xi Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Manasota Inc. (Alpha Foundation) held an exhilarating event filled with music and dance as well as thoughtful reflections and renewed commitments to benefit its scholarship and mentoring programs. Over 240 people made their way to the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club to an excellent sit down – butler style – dinner and live musical entertainment. The Bus Stop Band of St. Petersburg dazzled the audience with its upbeat tempo and showmanship. The attendees danced early and stayed late; moving their hips to the sound of R&B, Hip-Hop and Jazz before dinner, before and after the speaker on into the night. “It was one of most crowded dance floors we have ever had”, stated Xi Psi Lambda President Michael K. Suarez. He also said “The MLK Dinner Dance has become one of best events in Sarasota. It seems to get better every year”.

The “Wobble”, “The Cupid Shuffle”, “Cha-Cha Slide” and other newer line dances were the rage of an energy filled night. In fact, the dance floor was filled with attendees all night dancing to music ranging from Michael Jackson, Usher, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Prince to Heat Wave, O-Jays, Earth, Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Ohio Players, Rick James and the Temptations plus many of everyone’s old time favorites.

This year’s guest speaker was Alpha Brother Darryl R. Matthews, Sr., currently the Executive Director of the National Medical Association (NMA). He also served as the 32nd General (National and International) President for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Brother Matthews spoke directly to the Alpha Men in attendance exhorting them to seek out ways to better our communities’ outreach through civic action and community development. He touched on the legacy of Alpha greatness. “For is this not the mission of service – the mission of Alpha men?” The spirit of Brother Martin Luther King Jr. was present, as attendees enjoyed the unique format of this event.

Alpha Brothers Herman “Bo” Bell and Lacy Ray were recognized for hosting the largest number guests for the event. However, judging from the crowd’s response it appears every Alpha brother was able to “hold his own”, entertaining the couples and engaging the singles at their tables. The funds raised will be used to supplement the foundation’s college tour, mentoring programs and college scholarships. The Alpha Foundation has supported the lives of middle and high school African-American and Hispanic males in Sarasota and Manatee Counties since its inception in 2001, according to Brother Bell, Alpha Foundation President and MLK event chairman.

The artwork for the cover of this year’s journal featured a stunning portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. carrying an arm full of textbooks while being draped by an American flag. Special thanks to internationally acclaimed artist Gail Fulton Ross for providing the artwork. — Charles Stephens

By |January 19th, 2013|Events|0 Comments|

Boys Basketball Tournament 2010

5th Annual USSSA Sarasota-Bradenton Open (Boys Baskball Tournament)

The tournament is an annual event featuring teams from Naples to Ocala, Florida. The proceeds are used by the Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Manasota, Inc., a tax-exempt 501(c) 3 charitable organization, to facillitate mentoring young men, developing future leaders, and promoting post-secondry education through scholarships.

Fifteen teams participated in the 2010 Tournament representing 5th through 8th grade students from 8 cities:

Grade 5

Sarasota Gators Sarasota

Florida Phenoms Naples Runner-Up

Team Under Pressure Clearwater Champion


Grade 6

Bay City Ballers Sarasota Champion

Manatee Storm Bradenton

St. Paul Stars Largo Runner-Up


Grade 7

Estero Air Force Estero

Florida Phenoms White Naples Champion

Manatee Storm Bradenton

Select Clearwater

Bay City Ballers Sarasota Runner-Up


Grade 8

Palmetto Trojans Palmetto

Central Broward Rockets Lauderdale Lakes Runner-Up

Manatee Kings Bradenton Champion

Brandon Elite Brandon

By |March 15th, 2010|Events|0 Comments|