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Alpha Awards Gala Honors Inaugural Year

The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha will host the Alpha Awards, a formal gala to celebrate the first year of the Upsilon Pi chapter at HWS on Saturday, April 21 at the Geneva Country Club. The first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men in 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha established a chapter at HWS last fall.

The Alpha Awards is open to HWS and Finger Lakes community members, and proceeds from the event will benefit the March of Dimes birth defects foundation.

“We are excited to host our friends, faculty and the Geneva community for an amazing evening that will celebrate the achievements of the Upsilon Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha,” says Almamy Conde ’18, an Alpha Phi Alpha brother. “It will be one of those beautiful evenings that we all will remember for a very long time.”

The evening will include the presentation of the Alpha Awards, which will recognize the significant contributions of faculty and students to the community. Awards will be named after esteemed Alpha Phi Alpha alumni, including Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall and W.E. B. DuBois.

Guests will also receive awards in categories such as “Best Dressed,” with voting taking place throughout the evening. During the event, the brothers will announce the results of their governing board elections.

The national Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity has been a March of Dimes service partner through its “Project Alpha” since 1980. The national program provides “education, motivation and skill-building on issues of responsibility, relationships, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases for young males ages 12 to 15 years.”  This semester, the HWS brothers have been working on “Project Alpha” and the “Go to High School and Go to College” program through volunteer work at Geneva High School.

HWS student tickets are $35, while all other tickets are $45; they are available for purchase through Venmo @Upsilon-Pi, cash and check. Transportation will be available from Medbery Parking Lot.

Questions and dietary restrictions may be submitted to the brothers at