Alpha Kappa Alpha gives $5,000 for Gift Ark to Heifer International

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - September 9, 2013 - In support of their Global Leadership Through Timeless Service Program Initiative, and as part of their commitment to eradicate global poverty and hunger worldwide, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s International President Attorney Carolyn House Stewart and the Beta Omega Chapter of Kansas City, Missouri will present a $5,000.00 donation to Heifer International for the purchase of a Gift Ark. The presentation will take place during a reception for Heifer International on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Grand Street Cafe.

What does this generous Gift Ark mean? It means changing the world of hunger, poverty and hopelessness two by two. This gift provides livestock—two each of pigs, cows, trios of rabbits, donkeys, beehives, sheep, llamas/alpacas, flocks of geese, goats, oxen, flocks of chicks, trios of ducks, trios of guinea pigs, water buffalo, camels and pigs—and training for struggling families worldwide. These healthy, hardy animals go forth and multiply, improving lives for countless families and children, and passing on the spirit of faith and charity over and over again to places in the world where generosity, kindness and vision are needed most. The Gift Ark is a true way of providing a hand up and not just a hand out. Under the leadership of Patricia Finch, Global Poverty Committee Chairmen, Beta Omega not only met the ultimate challenge but also became the first graduate chapter to accomplish this wonderful achievement on behalf of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Beta Omega Chapter will also co-host the sorority’s Fall Leadership Cluster Meeting at the Kansas City Mar¬riott Country Club Plaza on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Members from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska will have opportunities to develop leadership skills and learn more about the goals and objectives of the so¬rority. During the meeting another signature Regional Community Service Project, “AKA’s Pack A Purse!” benefiting an area shelter will be unveiled. Each member is asked to go into her closet and select one of her purses she no longer uses and pack it with female personal care items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. The collected items and purses will be distributed during the meeting to Newhouse Shelter temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. Mrs. Maggieann W. Green serves as the Mid-Western Regional Director for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, overseeing the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri (except St. Louis and Cape Girardeau), Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. The theme for the Fall meeting is “Leadership: The Time Has Come!”

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is America’s first Greek-letter organization found¬ed in 1908 for African-American college women. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, it is one of the world’s leading service organizations. The Sorority’s members have made a commitment “to serve all mankind” through a nucleus of more than 250,000 women in 958 chapters in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Germany, Korea, Japan and in the continent of Africa. Attor¬ney Carolyn House Stewart is the 28th International President and will serve from 2010 - 2014. Her administration’s theme is “Global Leadership Through Timeless Service.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, log on to

About Beta Omega Chapter: Beta Omega Chapter is located in Kansas City, Missouri. It has a rich international history as the oldest gradu¬ate chapter of the Mid-Western Region and the second oldest graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The chapter was chartered in 1920 by one of the 9 original founders, Founder Beulah Burke. Beta Omega Chapter has strong track record of impacting communities in the Kansas City area for over 90 years. One of its signature programs, the Debutante Ball, is presented biennially as a means of encouraging high scholastic achievement among outstanding high school age young ladies. Their commitment to service continues with the implementation of “Global Leadership through Timeless Service” as articulated by their International President, Attorney Carolyn House Stewart. The graduate chapter is apart of the “Motivated Mid-Western Region” under the leadership of Mid-Western Regional Director, Mrs. Maggieann W. Green. Ms. Gina R. Mercer is the local chapter president.

About Heifer International: Heifer International is a leading-edge global organization fighting hunger and poverty worldwide, with an ap¬proach that is innovative, proven and transformative. Through community-based agricultural development and livestock, Heifer has enabled over twelve million farm families and their communities to lift themselves out of poverty. Heifer International was established by Dan West in 1944 and supports over 869 projects in 53 countries worldwide (including 27 states). The headquarters for Heifer International are located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Stevenson – Ivy Leaf Reporter – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Beta Omega Chapter; 816.519.0952 Cell; e-mail:

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