It is that time of the year again when St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals has a Call to Service here in the Washington, DC area. This annual event coincides with CBC. This event celebrates the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations and supports the mission to defeat childhood cancer and sickle cell disease. September is their respective awareness months so the timing couldn’t be better.
This year’s St. Jude Call to Service was at The Hamilton on 14th Street, in downtown Washington, DC. I was excited about the location because I know they have a really nice party area.
Naturally the first thing I did was hit the red carpet. My lace top was from Target and my bold yellow crop pants were a $10 find at Zara.
My sister joined myself and The Style Medic for the evening. My sister is not social like this and it was a treat to actually have her out with us. We had to seal this occasion with a picture.
What is sickle cell? Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that results in red blood cells becoming hard and sickle-shaped. The shape disrupts the normal flow of blood in the body, which can cause painful and sometimes life-threatening side effects. Click HERE for more detail information on sickle cell.
Myself and Richard Lee Snow, Senior Advisor – Multicultural Marketing Business Development. ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Our entertainment for the night was the one and only Regina Belle. She gave me all the life and all of the feels. She can still sang y’all.
Meet St. Jude Patient Courtney Davis, this young lady is going places. Her parents found out she had sickle cell while she was in utero. Her parents reached out to St. Jude and actually began treatment while she was in the womb. SO FREAKING SMART! Once Courtney was born she continued being treated by St. Jude; based on the treatment she has received to date it has given her a better quality of life. Sickle Cell is generally physically exhausting to the body and most people with it don’t play sports. Well Miss Courtney here has been able to start cheer-leading. On this night she received a full college scholarship to a college in Tennessee. Amazing!
Now back to Regina Belle, my favorite song A Whole New World originally done with Peebo Bryson. This song is from the soundtrack of the Disney movie Aladdin. She didn’t sang this for us and it is best. I will have fallen out on the floor like a fool. She did however serenade the beautiful Courtney with “If I Could.”
Jennifer M. Jones (National President – NPHC); Andre R. Manson (Grand Polaris, – Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.); Deborah Catchings-Smith – Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.); AC Wharton (representing Dr. Everett B. Ward – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.); Mary Breaux Wright (International Grand Basileus – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.); Micheal E. Cristal (International President – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.); Beverly E. Smith (National President – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.); Anthony F. Knox, Sr. (Grand Basileus – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.); Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover (National Vice President – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.); Thomas L. Battles, Jr. (Grand Polemarch – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.)