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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Global Leadership Through Timeless Service

Health Partner Award Application Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter

Soror Carolyn House-Stewart, Supreme Basileus Soror Marsha Lewis Brown, South Atlantic Regional Director Soror Crystal Pruitt, Basileus Soror Cassandra Williams, Program Chairman February 15, 2014

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INCORPORATED 2014 Health Partner Award Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s four health partners seek to recognize chapters from each region that have committed to enhancing the goals and objectives of their organization through “service to all mankind” as well as improving the health status of the local communities. The awards are established to provide recognition for the development and implementation of excellent health promotions during the 2013 calendar year. Name of Chapter: _Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter_________________________________________________________________ Chapter Location (City/State):____St. Petersburg, Florida __ __________________________________________________ Phone Number :_(727) 637-8738________ ______Email:_____cspruitt@msn.com__________________ Basileus Name:_______Crystal Pruitt_________________________________________________


Program Chairperson’s Name:___Cassandra B. Williams______________________________________ ________________ E-mail:_____cassandra.cpa94@gmail.com__________________________________________________________________________ Graduate ___X______Undergraduate_____________ Region _____South Atlantic__________________________ National Partner Organization______American Cancer Society_______________________________________________ All entry forms must be received on or before February 15, 2014. Submit form to the Regional Program Representative: NA –

SC –

MA – SA –

SE – MW –

GL – C –

FW – I –

 The points system will determine nominee’s at the Regional Level.      

The top 3 chapters from each region will be recognized during each Regional Conference. The regional nominees will be selected based on the criteria below by the Regional Program Representative and the Regional Program Committee. Programs where the primary contribution of the chapter is financial will not be considered. All entries will only be accepted electronically. The national health partner will select the 1st place winner which will be presented during the 2014 Boule. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and its partners reserve the right to use submitted applications, in whole or in part, for training and technical assistance purposes.


2014 Mission

Chapter Commitment: On behalf of the members of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter, it is with great pleasure we extend our support and commitment to actively engage with the American Cancer Society (ACS). Over the years, our chapter has donated countless volunteer hours and funding in support of ACS programs and activities. We know that cancer touches the lives of so many family, friends and sorors. We applaud the American Cancer Society for their efforts to eradicate this disease and ease the burden of those living with cancer. Our chapter will continue fostering strong partnerships to help educate the public and raise awareness about cancer. With every soror working together, we can make a difference to help save lives and empower others to fight. Crystal L. Pruitt, Chapter Basileus

Tactics: Incorporate opportunities to educate chapter members and the local community via workshops and planned events. Support signature ACS events to raise awareness in the fight against cancer

Chapter Recognition: The chapter activities are deserving of recognition because the ACS signature events have been used to partner with local Greek organizations, the chapter AKAdemy youth program (including parents) resulting in a wider reach for greater engagement and impact. Choose You Campaign

Making Strides Against Breast

The Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. supports the partnership between the American Cancer Society and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Goals:  To raise awareness, promote wellness, reduce health disparities and support the fight against cancer within the St. Petersburg community.  Educate and empower women to live healthy lives and reduce their risk for breast cancer, and to get screening tests such as mammograms to find breast cancer early, when it is easiest to treat.

 Help people facing breast cancer get well by providing information, day-to-day help, and emotional support to guide them through every step of their breast cancer

ZUO Chapter ACS Events Relay for Life

Resources obtained from national partner – brochures, pins, signs, certificates, T-shirts and arm bands

Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

AKA Sorority Members Make Strides Against Breast Cancer St. Petersburg—Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event focused on fighting breast cancer and is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events designed to connect communities and honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness, and fund the fight to end the disease forever. The Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has supported the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event for the past three (3) years and participated in the county and statewide planning sessions.

The American Cancer Society has more than three million volunteers and they save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. In the state of Florida, this event has been branded as the “Put on Your Pink Bra” campaign. The campaign is designed to empower women across the state to wear individualized pink bras in support of the fight against breast cancer and as a personal symbol of their breast cancer journeys. The campaign sets the stage for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event held in October of each year. Making Strides is a noncompetitive 5K walk to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer and to provide hope 2011 to all people facing the disease.

Local AKA Chapter Joins MSABC Walk October 2011 — Sorors met the night prior to the walk to decorate their pink bras and joined over 1,000 walkers the next morning. Several chapter members participated in the Cancer Walk. They raised a total of $720 by collecting donations at sorority meeting and asking family, friends and co-workers. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer it is a celebration of survivorship, an occasion to express hope, and a shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people. The ZUO fundraising efforts enables the American Cancer Society to save lives by: Helping people stay well by educating and empowering women to live healthy lives and reduce their risk for breast cancer, and to get screening tests such as mammograms to find breast cancer early, when it is easiest to treat. Helping people facing breast cancer get well by providing information, day-to-day help, and emotional support to guide them through every step of their breast cancer experience. Finding cures by investing in and conducting research that leads to groundbreaking discoveries into breast cancer's causes and cures.

“I enjoyed be part of something so important! I will always support such a worthwhile cause.”

Fighting back by working with legislators to support laws that help fight breast cancer and help all women get access to screenings and care.


Amount Raised: $720 MSABC Exhibit Wins Award at South Atlantic Regional Conference

Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

AKA AKAdemy Expands Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign In the 2012 and 2013, the sorors extended the MSABC event to the chapter EYL and AKA AKAdemy program (girls age 11 through 16) and held a larger bra decorating party. What a fun and creative way to get our young girls engaged and educated on the importance of breast cancer awareness. October 2012—AKA members and young ladies from the AKA AKAdemy met prior to the walk to decorate their pink bras. They joined thousands of supporters and breast cancer survivors to walk to raise awareness. The AKAdemy raised approximately $300 by collecting donations at sorority meeting, asking family, friends and co-workers. The sorors also partnered with Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority to prep ribbons which were handed out at the event as well as at the Buccaneers football game.

2013 ZUO/AKAdemy Making Strides Team

The girls loved this!

October 2013—ZUO Chapter partnered with members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and their youth group (Delta Gems) along with the AKA AKAdemy for the 2013 MSABC Cancer Walk. ZUO chapter members donated to the American Cancer Society to: " Help people stay well by educating and empowering women to live healthy lives and reduce their risk for breast cancer, and to get screening tests such as mammograms to find breast cancer early, when it is easiest to treat.

2013 ZUO/AKAdemy and Delta Sigma Theta Making Strides Amount Raised: $1000 ZUO member attends Florida ACS

Supporting Relay for Life

2013 ZUO/AKA Relay for Life Team

Program Overview During the GLTTS administration, the chapter continued the partnership with ACS and collaborated with the AKA AKAdemy and the members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Relay for Life of South St. Pete to participate in the annual ACS Relay for Life. The ACS is the nationwide community based voluntary organization dedicated to elimination of cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives from cancer and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

ZUO Chapter Health Committee Members

In 2011, 2012 and 2013, ZUO supported the relay and sold pizza for donations during the all night party. With sorors participating in the Survivors Lap – it was truly a celebration of their personal victory over cancer. The Several participated in the silent and somber Luminaria Ceremony to honor those affected by cancer and to remember loved ones lost. Our group of 50 to 75 adults and youth camp out around the track and take turns walking the during the 24-hour event. The organizers provided entertainment (games and activities) and the annual event draws approximately 500 people and 35 to 40 teams from the community. Media Source: Tampa Bay Times, Weekly Challenger, ZUO Facebook, Chapter website Partners: Youth Development Foundation (YDF), ACS, AKA AKAdemy and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

ZUO Chapter – 2004 Hope Sponsor

ZUO Chapter has support the ACS Relay for Life movement with all night relay/walk, luminere fundraisers and sponsorship since 2004

Supporting ACS-The Results

Measurable Outcomes MSABC Event Hours

2011 6

2012 6

2013 18

Community Connections

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ZUO Chapter Facebook

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Making Strides Pinellas Facebook

$$ Donated


ZUO Chapter website

Relay for Life

ZUO eNews




Event Hours




Media Outlets

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Tampa Bay Times

# Volunteer Hours




The Weekly Challenger

$$ Donated




Great turnout!

I hope we can do this this again.

We love supporting our AKA sisters (from Omega Psi Phi brothers)

We love supporting ACS...Such a great cause.

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