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    2023 Mardi Gras Ball - Celebrating 60 Years!

    This year, we are celebrating our 60th Chapter Anniversary! Join us for our Annual Mardi Gras Ball which will surely be a night to remember! Our night will begin with smooth jazz and R&B from DC's own Jazzy Blu Band. SU Alum DJ Marquis of Baton Rouge will keep the party going with sounds that will take us back to the "The Yard" and keep us dancing all night! 

    Get your tickets early and reserve your hotel rooms! This event sells out every year! 

    Date:  Saturday, February 11, 2023
    Time:  6:00pm - 12:00am 
    Location:  The Westin Old Town Alexandria
    400 Courthouse Square
    Alexandria, VA 22314

    Attire: Formal Black Tie

    Tickets: Starting at $230 each *price subject to increase*

    Ticket Price Includes:

    • One Ticket
    • Three Course Dual Plated Steak + Chicken Dinner
    • Three Hour Premium Open Bar
    • Live Jazz Band - Jazzy Blu
    • Live DJ - DJ Marquis'
    • Photo Booths
    • Party Favor
    • Specialty Gift for Paid Chapter Members

    Tables: $2500 each

    Table Price Includes:

    • (10) Tickets
    • Premium VIP Seating which includes VIP Dinner Service
    • Table Signage
    • Champagne Bottle
    • PayPal Fee Waived 

    Hotel Rooms: $89 per night (One King or Two Double Beds)

    2023 Mardi Gras Ball Honorary Co-Chairs

    Ms. Gena Bradford
    Ms. Gena Bradford

    Gena is an active international businesswoman with more than 30 years of experience in construction development and project finance.  As Founder and CEO of BMG3 Enterprises, Inc., her firm provides development services and funding solutions in various markets, including facilities, energy, transportation, mining, and infrastructure development, to both public and private sector clients in Africa. The consulting firm’s professional services include pulling ideas into focus and sharpening the boundaries of a preliminary plan or concept for economic development, urban revitalization, tourism & culture, and sustainable development.  As a Southern University, Baton Rouge graduate architect, Gena has managed public facility bond programs in the USA exceeding $800 million.  Over the past 14 years, she has worked with clients in Africa on projects in the pre-development and funding phases. Through a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), the company manages the owner’s development process, design & construction, budget, and outreach to stakeholders and the public and develops methods, procedures, and systems. “As we collaborate with other professionals, we develop strategies so that the project can respond to the market, attract financing, and execute. We help clients assess feasibility, impacts, risks, and trade-offs to make informed decisions.”

    Gena has been at the forefront of connecting with African governments to determine their country's needs and objectives and creating solutions for construction development and project funding.  She has had the opportunity to interact with tribal Kings, Heads of State, First Ladies, Misters of Finance, high-level government officials, c-suite executives, diplomatic communities, vulnerable groups, and volunteers across various African governments, organizations, and industries.

    Since relocating to Washington, DC, she has been a Board Member of WHUT Howard University Television Station; a Member of the Healthcare Committee for the non-profit Constituency for Africa (CFA); a Member of the Pan-African Diaspora Women’s Association, an affiliate organization of the African Union to the United States; and an active Member of Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  Gena was chosen by the U.S. State Department in 2017 as a delegate to represent the United States at the Global Entrepreneurs Summit held in Hyderabad, India; served as a Panelist at the Department of Commerce – Doing Business in Africa, “Ron Brown Series” during the Obama Administration; Moderated a STEM Panel at the World Bank; a Panelist at the Women in STEM Conference in South Africa hosted by the South African Government; a guest speaker at Harvard Medical School – “Global Health Catalyst Summit” and various other events on “Doing Business in Africa.”

    Mr. P. L. Harvey
    Mr. P. L. Harvey

    P. Lee Harvey is a retired United States Air Force Senior Officer with over 26 years of honorable service to the United States. During his Air Force career, he served as Base Commander, Zaragoza Air Base Spain, and Commander, Minuteman Missile locations at various Strategic Air Command Missile sites in the United States and at NATO Ground Launch Cruise Missile Bases in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy. His vast knowledge of missile and space defense systems resulted in his selection by the Air Force Space Command to support N.A.S.A. Kennedy Space Center’s Space Transportation System (STS) Program as a shuttle launch control officer with responsibilities to track and manage Space launches over the Atlantic Ocean and Southern European Countries of France and Spain. After the Space Shuttle Program ended, he was selected to command the Air Force AFPRO-TRW Space Systems, Redondo Beach, California with responsibilities for the acquisition and performance of Satellite Launch Vehicles being developed by TRW.

    When his Air Force career ended, he served as a senior aerospace science instructor/administrator for over 20 years at various high school locations in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland and DoDEA- South Korea. He had a passion for teaching aerospace science to his students and serving as a mentor and role model for the next generation of America’s local, state, and national leaders. He was instrumental in securing over 27 AFJROTC cadet appointments to the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, West Point, and the Coast Guard Academy during his 20-year tenure. In addition, he provided council to numerous cadets who considered enlisting into the United States Military after high school graduation.

    At present, he is President, South County Economic Development Association (SCEDA). His organization serves Prince George’s and Charles Counties’ small business minority contracting development opportunities with local, state, and federal government agencies.

    Colonel Harvey is a native of Lake Providence, Louisiana and a 1969 Economics graduate of Southern University, Baton Rouge. He holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Western New England College and the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a life member of Southern University Alumni Federation, past president, SUAF-Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter, and life member of both Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Eastern Province of Kappa.

    He is married to Sandra Harvey of Houston, Texas, father to Reverend Dr. Marques Harvey, Berkeley Lake, Georgia; Malcolm Harvey (deceased) and grandfather of five.

    Mr. Willie Hines
    Mr. Willie Hines

    Willie Hines, Jr is a civil servant with over 30 years of experience in program management, acquisition, financial management, contract management, requirements generation, systems engineering, production, and operations for complex systems.

    Mr. Hines serves as the Vice Chairman for Charles Drew Memorial Scholarship (CDMSF), 501©3 and the Scholarship Chair.  CDMSF offers scholarships to deserving high school seniors with financial need, who display academic excellence, strong citizenship and character, and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to their community and society. Under Mr. Hines leadership as the Scholarship Chairman, the scholarship award has increase from $1500 to $3000 the last two years and a minimum of 15 scholarships ($45,000) have been awarded each of the last two years. In addition, Mr. Hines is leading the effort to transform CDMSF from “scholarship arm’ to diversified non profit providing resources, expertise and guidance for acquisition of certificates and vocational skills  for entrepreneurial and workforce opportunities in the 21st century.

    Mr. Hines served as Director of Project ENRICH, college preparatory program, designed to mitigate African American high school students’ scholastic achievement gap, increase college preparedness, provide affordable solutions for college, and develop competencies required for 21st century workforce and entrepreneurial experiences.  Mr. Hines served as the strategist and leader guiding Project ENRICH in the planning, execution and delivery of preeminent college readiness programs and services, while also implementing its vision, mission and long- term goals. During Mr. Hines 9-year tenure as director, over 150 students graduated from the program and pursued their collegiate goals.

    Mr. Hines is a Pan Africanist who has spent the last 30 years in raising the consciousness of Africans (continental and diaspora) in the rediscovery of their roots (knowledge of self) and empowerment.  Mr. Hines has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Southern University A&M) Baton Rouge, La and M.S. in Technology Management (University of Maryland Global Campus) Adelphi, Maryland.

    Mr. Hines was born in Plaquemine, Louisiana; presently resides in Bowie, MD with his two children, Joy and Willie.

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