There's nothing like educated, handsome men with a purpose and the men of Omega Psi Phi are examples of such. On Sunday, May 25th they hosted their annual Sundresses and Linen event at the Pink Palace Museum located at 3050 Central Ave.
The men of the Sigma Lambda Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi organized the event to commemorate their 10-year anniversary as an alumni chapter and to raise funds for one of their celebrated service projects and for scholarships – one of the fraternity's cornerstones.
The front lawn was the focal point of the event, with several rooms inside the museum reserved for guests to dine on hors d'oeuvres, look at African art and mingle as music played from both a live band and a DJ. The proceeds went to the Omega Healthy Kids Clinic, a community initiative of the Sigma Lambda Lambda Chapter that targets childhood obesity as an epidemic. The clinic creates awareness and emphasizes education in the areas of nutrition, childhood diabetes and the importance of physical activity and exercise, indeed an awesome cause!
Patrons were welcomed as soon as they arrived on the lawn of the venue. There was a member of the organization waiting at every post with gratitude and a smile. As you grew closer to the live band and seating options, everyone was granted the privilege of paparazzi-like treatment on the Omega Purple Carpet. All guests were given the choice of posing alone or with their dates as a photographer snapped and uploaded their picture. After posing, all were given the opportunity of purchasing the photo to remember the festive occasion.
Seating was plentiful, with hundreds of white chairs throughout the lawn. This gave the attendees a free range of sitting virtually anywhere outside. Tiki torches were pre-lit to ward off mosquitoes and dually served as lighting as night drew nearer.
The lawn was also a haven for the awesome live band and designer cigar booth. Having bars both inside the museum and outside on the lawn diminished long lines for beverages. The Omegas did an awesome job of anticipating every need and want of their attendees.
Even though there were some reserved table options at the party, the mood wasn't at all divided or restricted and throughout the night everyone seemed as though they were glad to party with a purpose. The overall mood was fun, inviting and festive.
For many of us the event served as sort of a family reunion as we were reunited with members of our organizations who we hadn't seen in quite some time. Music – both current tunes and the sounds of yester-year – spread through every inch of the venue, which created a universal vibe among partygoers.
The gracious men of Omega Psi Phi also shared their event with young college students by promoting and conducting a fashion show highlighting aspiring designers in the middle of the event. Part of the outside scenery was transformed into a runway to showcase amateur designs of students from neighboring universities.
The fashion-show portion of the event was both insightful and generous of the organization. Obviously these men are no strangers to giving. Filled with laughter and dancing, all attendees appeared joyful and I'm sure the children who benefit from their healthy kids clinic will soon be just as pleased.