National fraternity raising money for college-bound Rochester students

October 20, 2018 11:22 PM

It's giving season for a local chapter of a national fraternity.

Hundreds of people filled the Holiday Inn in downtown Rochester Saturday night for the Dr. Charles T. Lunsford Scholarship Gala.

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For 25 years now this event has been put on by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity with all proceeds being put into the youth in Rochester, with scholarships for young male students and the fraternity also send 3 students on a weekend expense-paid trip to a college-readiness program in New York City.

Theo Adams, a program manager at  the Villa of Hope, went through the city school district and commented on the Rochester city school district's superintendent's retirement announcement. He says people jumping in and out of the district makes it hard to build a foundation to really help city children. 

"When that black superintendent leave, that teacher leave and that principal leave, it's like starting over and these young people are dealing with a lot of people walking in and out of their lives, when you're at a school 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, that's huge, that plays an intricate role on the relationships that are being built," explained Adams. "So they turn on the news and see that the superintendent is now gone, you have a lot of questions, why? and it's effecting your son and daughter and they don't have answers to none of those questions."

To date, the gala has raised more than $100,000 in scholarship money for local male students. 


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