The Kappa Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will be hosting this year’s “A Meal to Heal” benefit dinner. This year the money raised from the event will go to help the countries of Kenya and Ecuador. The AKA’s are in connection with two organizations and are supporting one of their national platforms.
Heifer International is one organization that they have chosen to work with and aid through this dinner. This organization works to eliminate hunger and poverty while also caring for the earth.
There is a partnership sponsor to Heifer and it is Women in Livestock Development (WiLD). This program provides education and economic security for women and enables families to build better standards of living. A calf, gardening products and tools are given to a needy family to help continuously produce food for years to come.
Heifer is a listed organization under the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. national programs. The countries of Ecuador and Kenya were chosen by their national board of AKA. This dinner enables them to support and represent their platform.
A Meal to Heal was created last year when Haiti experienced their devastating earthquake. The turnout for last year’s dinner was approximately 1,500 people. With the worldwide impact of Haiti being so huge, last year companies like Wal-Mart and Sam’s had provided donations for the dinner.
This year is a little different because of Kenya and Ecuador being such unknown countries. There is no emotional tie to these countries this year, so the donations and turnout has not been as huge. This year 500 people will be expected to attend and there is a monetary goal of $1,000.
Nicole Nero, and AKA here at Auburn, started A Meal to Heal last year. She then encouraged the KX chapter to make the dinner an annual event whether a natural disaster like Haiti occurs or not. The AKA’s intend to carry on the dinner annually and make it bigger and better each year.
A Meal to Heal was sparked by Haiti, but this chapter desires to help all people all over the world who are in need. This includes small and unknown countries such as Ecuador and Kenya.
The dinner is on February 23,2011 in the Student Center Ballrooms. There will be three dinners total; 7:30 pm-8:15 pm, 8:30 pm-9:15 pm and 9:30 pm-10:15 pm. Pannie George’s Kitchen will be catering the dinner and each person who purchases a ticket will receive a plate. Tickets are $7 and you can still purchase yours at www.auburn.edu/aka or from any KX AKA member.