Local Youth Feel the Spirit of Spelman Alumnae

Spelman College in Atlanta has consistently been ranked as one of the top Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation. The HBCU has a proud history and a strong alumnae presence in Jacksonville.

For nine years, the local chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, friends and family members have gathered for a “Blue and White” Christmas brunch to support the First Coast YMCA Angel Tree.

In previous years, the group supported Angel Tree’s for the Run Like a Girl Club at Tiger Academy and Hubbard House of Jacksonville. This past weekend, twenty women partook in a catered brunch accentuating cuisine that included a smorgasbord of seafood, assorted meats, salads and the annual brunch favorite, Banana Bread French toast.

Further adding to the organization’s spirit of giving, the group also adopted two families from the Jacksonville Hubbard Angel Tree. Program guests were asked to bring toys, perishable items and a gift to present to another guest.

Host Valencia Strowder exclaimed, “Wow, I received Michelle Obama’s new book in the gift exchange and now have to schedule some me time to relax and begin the first chapter.”

Shown are Alumnae smiling after wrapping the bevy of gifts pictured (l-r) Jazmine Jordan, Sibyl Carley, Kenyatta Register, Deborah Sibley, Chantel Bryant (local chapter President), Wanda Jones, Alisia Smith, Joni Poitier, Jametoria Burton, Alicia Monroe, Robin Brown; kneeling  (l-r)Valencia Strowder and current Spelman student Rolesha Hines.Second photo (l-r) Tommi Clemes, Leslie Knighten and Cantrece Jones.

Shown wrapping gifts (l-r) Tommi Clemes, Leslie Knighten and Cantrece Jones.

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