Sorority supports black businesses for lunch
Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 9:55 p.m.
The Gainesville/Alachua County chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. enjoyed lunch together recently during the second installment of its “First Friday” series.
Sorority members visited George’s at Phil Nicks in downtown Gainesville.
The goal of First Friday is to create connections and also support businesses owned and operated by African Americans in the community.
“This effort expands the organization’s current programs related to wealth building and allocation of resources, home ownership, estate planning, support and empowerment of female-owned businesses and urban enterprise zones,” said Florida Bridgewater-Alford, president of the sorority.
“It’s important for businesses to see that African Americans are a powerful economic force and that we do support their businesses.”
The next restaurants the sorority will visit will include Two Friends Coffee Shop and Ruby’s, both located on NW 5th Avenue. The community is invited to join members.
The idea of First Friday was introduced to the chapter by Cynthia Chestnut, vice president of programs. Starting in June, members decided to meet for lunch at a black-owned business to network, fellowship and enjoy a meal.
The first restaurant the group visited was the Reggae Shack on W. University Avenue.
“We wanted to make an impact in a significant way in our community for our economic security initiative and I heard about a project that was developed from one of our Tallahassee chapters,” said Chestnut. “We thought it was perfect and we brought the event here to Gainesville.”
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