Omicron Theta Omega Chapter’s annual Pink Pizzazz Jazz Brunch is our signature fundraiser for academic scholarships and community service programs. Each Spring, our Jazz Brunch features top-tier professional jazz musicians in a classy environment, with a delicious, expansive brunch buffet, and an elegant silent auction.
Pink Pizzazz attendees bask in the amazing sounds of St. Louis’ finest live, Jazz musicians. Performers who have recently taken the Pink Pizzazz stage, include the incomparable vocalists Denise Thimes, Anita Jackson and Brian Owens accompanied by the musical genius of Tim Cunningham, Good 4 the Soul, Montez Coleman, and so on. The yearly Pink Pizzazz proceeds enable the Chapter to award academic scholarships to graduating college-bound seniors and to support a variety of impactful community service outreach programs. If you love amazing Jazz, delicious Food and investing in the Future, this is an annual Spring Fling You Don’t Ever Want to Miss!
Omicron Theta Omega started “Fighting 4 Your Future Youth Summit” in 2013. Mr. Martin Mathews, Co-Founder of Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club, met with two of Omicron Theta Omega Chapter members to discuss the youth in the Metropolitan St. Louis region and what action could be done to reach out to them. Hence, the making of the Youth Summit was developed. The first official meeting for the Youth Summit was held in January 2013 and the name, “Fighting 4 Your Future” was established. Omicron Theta Omega Chapter’s Youth Summit committee consisted of Nina Caldwell, Eleanor Higgins, Robin Britt and Henrietta Mackey. A collaboration was formed with the other St. Louis Metropolitan Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Greater Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. The event is held over two days with a Friday night kick-off that is geared towards the family. Past kick-off events have been skating at St. Nicholas Church and swimming at the Monsanto YMCA. On Saturday morning, the Youth Summit is held at Greater Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. Our goal is to have at least 100 children ages 14 through 17.
The youth summit invitation is extended to the Emerging Young Leaders, ASCEND (Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Developmental Skills), community church youth groups and boys and girls clubs of Greater St. Louis. The Youth Summit sessions are to prepare our youth for their current and future endeavors. Some of the sessions to enhance the participants are Interviewing Skills/Resume Building/Dress for Success, Money Management, Team Talk Overview/Bullying, Social Media Awareness/College Life, and Scholarship for College, Financial Wealth/Pay Yourself First, “Think HBCU”, etc. Each year we try to build upon what was taught the year before. In addition to the learning sessions, there is musical entertainment, step show presentation and ice breakers. With the help of sponsors we are able to provide bags with tee-shirts, pens, pencils, calculators, tablets, gift cards, etc. Omicron Theta Omega Chapter along with our partners and volunteers will continue to work to design sessions to motivate and engage the youth in reaching their maximum potential.
Omicron Theta Omega Chapter is dedicated to showcasing our HBCUs as a venue for moving students to and through college. The focus of the HBCU College Fair is to introduce students in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The HBCU College Fair hosts 35 representatives and tables that provide application information, financial aid tips and key stats on HBCUs around the country.
State Farm, the United States Navy and Omicron Eta Omega Chapter’s HBCU college bus tour were also present. Recruiters engaged students through presentations, information and explanation of the value of attaining a degree at a Historically Black College or University. The 2018 HBCU College Fair was held in collaboration with Harris Stowe State University.
The focus of the HBCU House Party is to bring awareness to our Historically Black Colleges and Universities and to celebrate the many HBCU Alumni in the St. Louis Metropolitan Community. The net proceeds from the HBCU House Party go towards Omicron Theta Omega Chapter’s HBCU Awareness programs and scholarships. The annual t-shirt dance is held in early September to kick-off Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s HBCU Awareness month.