WHAT’s YOUR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BEEN UP TO?
The Friends of the 60s/Alton Black Alumni Association (FOS/ABAA) decided to build on the success of our biennial reunion event. We made community involvement our year-round responsibility. Following are a few 2015 highlights:
- FOS/ABAA became more broadly involved in community-wide activities
- Supported opening of new Grassroots Grocery ($120 donation)
- Participated in Juneteenth
- Supported National Council of Negro Women 2015 Debutante Ball
- Participated in A Precious Organization 3rd Annual Sickle Cell Walk and donated $125 to the cause
- Supported the Miles Davis Memorial Project (high profile participation and financial support – donated $400 for signature granite block at Miles Davis monument site)
- Brought the community together for fun-filled Trivia Night (scholarship fundraiser) event
- Recognized / Supported Mr. Richard Johnson –FOS/ABAA was well represented at his 90th birthday celebration
Note: During the 60’s Mr. Johnson was a mentor/role model extraordinaire to so many of our black male students. He has attended all of our biennial reunion events.
- December 2015 – Donated $50 holiday gift cards to 5 needy families (consulted with Alton school administrators)
- FOS/ABAA conducted our first annual Strategic Planning Workshop
- Defined our Mission, Vision, Values and Goals
- Decided to transition from a social-only organization to a civic/community-focused entity
- Formally changed the name from Alton Friends of the 60’s/Alton Black Alumni…to…Friends of the 60’s/Alton Black Alumni Association…and applied for 501c3 and charitable, not-for-profit status
- FOS/ABAA established the Leo C. Cox Scholarship Fund – will award 1st scholarship in 2016.
Project History and Dedication Program
Sickle Cell Walk-a-thon – 9/12/15
There was a great community turn-out for this worthy event and FOS/ABAA was well represented.
Juneteenth – 6/13/15
FOS/ABAA board member, Lee Barham, worked closely with NCNW to make this annual event a huge success.
Grass roots Grocery – Summer 2015
We were a financial donor in support of the opening of this community-focused grocer (Ridge Street )
Grassroots Grocery is:
– A democratically managed by member-owners store, providing the leadership and support to develop the resiliency and collaborative skills we need for a truly inclusive and just community. – An economically viable cooperative grocery that makes healthy food more accessible to all. – A local food distribution system that keeps money circulating in the local economy and supports new sustainable development. – A place of community engagement of diverse stakeholders (neighborhoods, schools, churches, local government, parks, and other groups and individuals) to improve health , self-reliance, community wellness, and shared opportunities.
Youth Scholarship Program – launched in 2015
Our first annual scholarship will be awarded in 2016.