November 30, 2023

The packages supported by the Ivy Legacy Basis’s Philly’s Males Are Cooking occasion are even higher than the meals.

By Denise Clay Murray

Photographs by Richard Wah

For greater than 30 years, the Rho Theta Omega chapter for Alpha Kappa Alpha has helped younger ladies within the Delaware Valley by means of the IVY AKAdemy mentoring program.

This system, whose moniker stands for Instilling Imaginative and prescient In Youth, permits younger ladies to be taught extra about future school and profession alternatives, etiquette lessons, and STEM programming.

One of many younger ladies who has been part of the IVY AKAdemy is Taylor Mathis. Whereas she was a scholar within the Faculty District of Philadelphia, Mathis was related to this system.

Due to how she benefitted from it, it’s a program she’d advocate, Mathis mentioned.

“It ready me with life expertise and confirmed me what school life had in retailer,” she mentioned.

Funding packages just like the IVY AKAdemy are the objective of “Philly’s Males Are Cooking 2.0: La Vie En Rose” this Saturday, Nov. 11, from 7pm-11pm. The occasion will probably be held on the LuLu Shriners Ballroom, positioned at 5140 Butler Pike in Plymouth Assembly.

Hosted by WDAS radio character Patty Jackson, Philly’s Males Are Cooking will convey collectively 50 skilled and newbie cooks to share their interpretations of nibbles together with rooster and waffles, eggplant parmesan, and peach cobbler. There may even be cocktails and plenty of leisure in retailer for partygoers dressed of their greatest shades of pink, mentioned Tracey McLaughlin, president of the Ivy Legacy Basis, Rho Theta Omega’s non-profit arm.

After a two-year hiatus as a consequence of COVID-19, the inspiration determined to try to ease into bringing again the Philly’s Males Are Cooking occasion, McLaughlin mentioned. Most of the cooks have participated in this system for greater than 20 years, she mentioned.

Whereas Philly’s Males Are Cooking is an opportunity for individuals everywhere in the Delaware Valley to dress up, bask in some nice meals, and luxuriate in some nice firm, the packages, and scholarships it funds are the actual stars of the present, McLaughlin mentioned.

“Cash raised from this one evening will permit us to proceed making a distinction within the higher Philadelphia neighborhood by means of mentoring and scholarship alternatives,” she mentioned. “Thus far, The Ivy Legacy Basis has funded greater than $500,000 in scholarships and neighborhood packages.”

Along with IVY AKAdemy, these packages embody the Venturing Into New Endeavors program, which offers mentoring to center college college students, the STEM2D program, a partnership with Johnson and Johnson that provides younger ladies an opportunity to attach with the sciences, and Mission AKA, a partnership with the Omicron Delta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha that focuses on well being.

Most of the younger ladies who’ve participated in these packages or have acquired scholarships by way of the Ivy Legacy Basis have paid issues ahead, McLaughlin mentioned.

“We have now had some college students come again from school and communicate at our Legacy of Excellence program,” she mentioned.

Tickets for Philly’s Males Are Cooking are $100 and might be bought by way of Eventbrite or on the Ivy Legacy Basis’s web site.

Philly’s Males Are Cooking is sponsored by Washington Consulting, My Philly Lawyer, Moody Jones Gallery, Parx On line casino, The McLaughlin Household, Rose and Frank Richardson Jr., WSFS Financial institution, and Uncle Nearest.