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Collette V. Smith will be the guest speaker at the Founders Day celebration sponsored by the Southern California Coordinating Council (SCCC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Smith is the NFL’s first African American female coach and honorary Delta member.

Founders Day will be observed on Friday, January 27, through Sunday, January 29, at the Hyatt Regency LAX, 6225 West Century Blvd., in Los Angeles. All events are free to the public.

On Friday, January 27, at 5 p.m., the celebration opens with a public meeting featuring sorority and community leadership, followed by a welcome event hosted by the Inglewood Alumnae Chapter.

On Saturday, January 28, at 8 p.m., the Fete en Rouge (Party in Red) gala takes place. On Sunday, January 29, an ecumenical service will be held at 9 a.m. with guest speaker, the Rev. Matumaini Taylor, the youth pastor at Faithful Central Bible Church.

“The member chapters of the Southern California Coordinating Council are excited to include the public in our Founders Day celebration weekend. It affirms our dedication to the partnerships we have and those we hope to foster in the future with the community. These partnerships are the cornerstone of impactful service in underserved communities of color which is what our Founders envisioned us to do 110 years ago,” said Pixie Boyden, Southern California state coordinator.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. Since its founding, more than 300,000 women have joined the organization. The sorority currently has over 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters.

“Founders Day is very special to our sorority, 22 amazing ladies had the vision to establish an organization that exemplifies the beauty of sisterhood and service,” said Cheryl Gully, president, Inglewood Alumnae Chapter.

“We are excited to bring our family, friends and community safely together to celebrate a weekend of fun, fellowship and reflection.”

COVID-19 guidelines will be adhered to at all events and guests are encouraged to take necessary cautions by staying home if feeling sick and recommended to wear masks.