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The Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter (SM-LAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is not only a strong step team–they are also a group of community-minded women. Because they were selected as the step team with the Best Community Initiative in the Rickey Smiley Step Off presented by Western Union, we’re letting them show of their stepping skills. Watch them work below, and see what the decided to use the $1,250 prize from Western Union for.

These women of Delta Sigma Theta will use the money to continue furthering needs of the community on the following initiatives: • Teal Tea – Teal Talk Ovarian Cancer Awareness Tea.

In partnership with the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, SM-LAC would provide a symposium to demystify ovarian cancer and uncover information about this disease and its effect on the community. According to data from the Ovarian Cancer center, the mortality rates for ovarian cancer have not improved in the last forty years. Other cancers however, have shown a marked reduction in mortality, due to early detection and improved treatments. Unfortunately, this is not the case with ovarian cancer, which is still the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers.

Our Teal Tea would include clinicians, survivor stories and information pertaining to how to detect symptoms and seek treatment. We woll apply a third of the prize money to assist in securing a venue; advertising in the community to reach a broader audience – and of course tea and dessert for the guests.

SM-LAC sponsors a monthly birthday party for the residents of Traditions, and this year we’d like to expand our efforts to host a festive and fantastic Christmas party for them as well. With the addition of the prize money, we will be able to provide a few more smiles for the residents by purchasing gifts from their wish lists. Many of the residents don’t have regular family that visits them and we are honored to be able to serve them by sharing with them throughout the year.

A networking and mingling opportunity targeting high school students allowing them to interact with professionals in “non-traditional” careers. Beyond a career day, students would have the chance to ask real questions about non-common careers and steps they can take to enter into those fields.

In partnership with a high school in our service area, we would host the event at the school and provide a CD of valuable information to participants – tying in to the student body and parents as our core audience. If selected as the winners, SM-LAC would apply a portion of the prize money earned to pay the school for the use of their facility, as well as providing light refreshments for the students and their parents.


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