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Omegas Donate More Than $100,000 for Ross Inauguration

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Release Date: Aug 28, 2018

Alabama State University holds weekend events to kickoff Labor Day Classic Week.


The week-long celebration of the Inauguration of Alabama State University's 15th President,  Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., began with a sold out luncheon on Sunday,  August 26, and ended that evening with a gala banquet that raised more than $115,000 from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,  Inc., Gamma Sigma Chapter.

Ross joined the fraternity while he was a student at Alabama State University.

George Bandy, who served as the banquet speaker, sponsored the event so that all of the proceeds from the $100 per person affair would benefit the University. 

A number of checks were presented during the event, starting with a $15,000 presentation representing the banquet ticket sales. 

Several of the Omega brothers stood to express their support of President Ross and to make individual donations. Within an hour, those pledges added more than $100,000 to the evening's total. 

"It was really an emotional moment for me to realize that my brothers not only support me, but they also support the vision and the students of Alabama State University," said Ross. "When we decided to have this inauguration week, I wanted to ensure that it would benefit the University. Tonight's donations have gotten us off to the right start."

The evening also included a stirring tribute to President Ross's father, Quinton T Ross Sr., who is affectionately known as "Daddy Q."

First Family Luncheon

More than 200 guests attended the kickoff event for inauguration week.

The first family luncheon was held in the John Garrick Hardy Student Center Ballroom.

The event showcased the talents of the University students with a fashion show featuring the Elite Models directed by alumnus Derricius Chambers.

The audience also was entertained by a band of student musicians, coordinated by Professor Emery Kidd and featuring the vocal stylings of Zaria Hall.

Proceeds from the event will also benefit University initiatives. 


Luncheon Sponsors


Dexter King Memorial Baptist Church

Fine, Geddie & Associates

Power South

The family of Freddie Williams

West Montgomery District of the AME Zion Church

The National Society of Black Engineers - Montgomery Professional

The Alabama Florida - Episcopal District 


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