Chi Eta Phi


September 02, 2001|By Sloane Brown

First things first. Not long after the Martin's West Ballroom doors opened, some 450 folks were busy at their tables -- digging into the Chi Eta Phi, Gamma Chapter's "Annual Crab Feast."

As the eating part wound down, the dancing part of the afternoon cranked up. The lights dimmed as the DJ turned up the volume. The line dance, "Booty Call," drew a full slate of dancers to the floor -- some still wearing their crab bibs.

Even chapter past president Tina Yates took a little time off from her afternoon duties to join the fun.

"I didn't have any food today to work off," she explained, "but I worked off the food I ate yesterday!"

Among the happy eaters, and dancers: Ludie Sims and Earline Ford, event co-chairs; Gloria Lewis and Lelia Davage, event committee members; Cecelia Hughes, Gamma chapter president; DeLois Hamilton, Olivia Jones, Clarkie Fuller and Verna Gaskins, chapter board members; Lilyan Slater, chapter charter member; Henrietta Chisholm, national sorority founding member; Peola McCaskill, past national sorority president; Ike Brown, CitiFinancial branch manager; Lelia Chaney, Baltimore City fire department emergency dispatcher; James Ford, World Financial Group financial analyst; Dr. Fabian Desbordes, Baltimore dentist; Michelle Rigsby, MTA bus driver; Evy Gilliam, U.S. Social Security Administration administrator; Nate Robinson, PECO Energy chief plant operator; Joyce Lane, W.R. Grace administrative assistant; Margaret Stanley, Next Passage Substance Abuse Center chemical dependency nurse; Christine Powell, Inverness Alternative Middle School teacher; and Tammie Johnson, U.S. Department of Justice clerk.

The party raised about $5,000 for Chi Eta Phi programs and scholarships.

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