Courtesy of Chi Eta Phi
Special to Frost Illustrated
Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. wrapped up the month of May with three important events—Heart Health Awareness, National Nurses’ Week, and Spiritual Fit Sunday.
On Saturday, May 10, the sorority hosted its Third Annual Go Red for Women Heart Health Awareness Fashion Luncheon at Kingston Care Center, located at 1010 W. Washington Center Road. Chi Eta Phi Sorority uses this annual event to bring information about heart disease to women in general and minority women in particular.
“We’ve been doing health promotion and disease prevention activities in the community for more than 20 years,” said Phyllis Bragg, president-elect of Chi Eta Phi Sorority. “The majority of our members are minorities. Because the women and the men in our organization look like them, I think they (minority women) will listen better. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. We have people in our organization who can speak from experience about heart disease. Who better to deliver this message than us?”
The theme for this year’s fashion event was Style from the Heart: Iconic Women and eight fashion icons were personified. Richelle Humprey rocked the walkway as Lupita Nyong’o (Academy Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role). Nyong’o is the Hollywood’s current “it” girl. Sylvia Page channeled Kerry Washington (aka Olivia Pope). She had the white coat, the designer bag and the signature walk. Stella Goodman portrayed the quiet, classic style of former secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice. Cherise Dixie was perfect for the slim, clean lines typically worn by Robin Roberts, co-host on ABC’s Good Morning America. Denise Jordan sported the big hair and signature styles preferred by Oprah Winfrey. Robin Graves of Indianapolis portrayed the style, elegance, and panache of supermodel, Iman. Suezette Ford got into character for the Motown diva, Diana Ross and Shonda Cann’s quiet elegance and attention to details beautifully emulated the signature look of jazz singer and song writer, Billy Holliday, aka “Lady Day.”
Margaret Jordan was fashion show coordinator and commentator. Jernice Watson served as MC.
Johnathan Liechty, dean of membership, coordinated the National Nurses’ Week portion of the event by organizing a display of historical items, presenting scholarships to two senior IPFW nursing students and certificates of recognition to nurses in the attendance. This year’s theme for National Nurses Week was Nurses Leading the Way. According to Liechty, “We are all leaders. We do different things in our roles, but we are all leading and making a difference in health care. Much of what we do deals with health promotion and disease prevention strategies.”
One example of health promotion and disease prevention strategies was implemented on Sunday, May 18, at Turner Chapel AME Church. May 18 was designated Spiritual Fit Day and Chi Eta Phi Sorority was there to provide screenings and do education on hypertension, diabetes, smoking cessation, and heart disease.
According to Carmen Moore, a member of Chi Eta Phi’s planning and outreach committee, “We believe using the avenue of the church is like a gathering of your cheerleaders. We need the support of each other and our higher power to achieve healthy goals in our lives. Church is where we purge our hearts of all of our shortcomings and refuel our empty hearts and minds for the challenging days ahead. Filling and wrapping our minds around healthy eating and regular exercise strengthens our foundation. Chi Eta Phi believes it is important to deliver this message in the place where we refuel.”