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Centennial Captains Campaign Takes Shape With Leadership Gifts From Brothers Between 1962 And 2013


By APCAA Staff

Alpha Rho Chapter's Centennial Captains are answering the leadership call to ensure that our January 2024 celebration is spectacular ... and that our scholarship consortium supports the next generation of Morehouse Men. Our milestone celebration is made possible by the underwriting strength of APCAA's Centennial Captains — 100 Alpha Rho Chapter Alumni who have signed-on to emphasize that our centennial fundraising remains true to the association's founding mission: scholarships.

Early adoption at the captain's level is essential when it comes to meeting the expenses and expectations for our historic gathering. To that end, the Brotherhood is encouraged to look upon the underwriting role as the primary path to fundraising success and the ability to provide reasonable per/person packages for Chapter members and guests at a later date. And as a reminder ... APCAA does not receive financial support from Alpha National, Eta Lambda Chapter, or Morehouse College.

So clearly, without leadership from the Brothers featured above (and those who join them in the ongoing Centennial Captains Campaign), there would be no Centennial Celebration.

ABOUT SECURE DONATIONS: Today we’re unveiling our alignment with industry leading non-profit fundraising platform that will allow our campaign to eliminate processing fees levied by our previous partner, This new gift hub is widely utilized by international charitable organizations, including UnitedWay, Habitat For Humanity, Boys & Clubs of America, and Special Olympics … and it has facilitated more than $500M in donations since 2021.

Please consider joining this team of 100 Alpha Rho Men in making history by clicking the link below:


An international spotlight will be sharply focused on Atlanta January 5-7, 2024 when more than 1,000 Alpha Rho Alums, Alpha national members, and cultural dignitaries make a momentous return to the city for Alpha Rho Chapter Alumni Association's (APCAA) Centennial Weekend Experience, a 3-day observance of the 100th anniversary of the date that Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. chartered its 38th chapter on the campus of Morehouse College. This milestone celebration is made possible by the underwriting strength of APCAA's Centennial Captains — 100 Alpha Rho Chapter Alumni who have signed-on to emphasize that our centennial fundraising remain true to the association's founding mission: scholarships.

Bro. Robert P. Williams — APCAA Chief Scholastic Officer

Also in keeping with the founding mission, the APCAA has designated this once-in-a-lifetime gathering as the launch of the non-profit's Westside Scholarship Consortium that will benefit incoming Morehouse College undergraduates who live in the neighborhoods adjacent to the southwest Atlanta campus. APCAA Chief Scholastic Officer Robert P. Williams (Spring 1999) — Principal of Westside Atlanta's M. Agnes Jones Elementary School has crafted a mentorship pipeline that engages high school-aged young men (and their families) from 9th grade through their undergraduate studies at the college. This scholarship initiative is the centerpiece of the APCAA's founding mission, and will serve as the association's continuing legacy and community engagement program as the Chapter enters the next century.

The Chapter's January 6, 2024 "Great Gathering" experience is being developed as a two-part happening: A black-tie VIP reception & dinner, followed by a live performance of the original stage play "The Alpha Rho Show" — a multi-act presentation on the Chapter and its luminaries throughout the past century. Brothers M. Lavell Sanders (Fall 1979) and Richard Makerson III (Spring 2001) serve as Co-Chairmen of the weekend's signature experience at the legendary Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

"With our scholarship mission defined and the celebratory details finalized, it's now time to align the Brotherhood with the underwriting campaign that will provide for a spectacular centennial weekend, and solidify the APCAA's dedication to educational excellence," stated BMaynard Scarborough, APCAA President and Founder. He continued, "this is the culmination of ten years of research, network development, and event planning by a dedicated team of Chapter members and industry professionals."

Benefits of becoming an Alpha Rho Chapter Centennial Captain:

Levels of participation:

APCAA is a fully sanctioned 501(c)(3) by the IRS as a private charitable foundation (EIN: #47-4661553), and is also certified by the State of Georgia Secretary of State's Office. Donations per the schedule above are welcomed from individual Alpha Rho Brothers (or their donor advised fund accounts) and can be made in the form of direct deposit, electronic transfer, check, money order, matching corporate funds, or cash. Proceeds from the January 2024 Centennial Weekend Experience will support the APCAA's Westside Scholarship Consortium.

Projected Brotherhood sponsorships based on data from 2015 campaign and updated membership profiles.

The Centennial Captains Campaign is the primary Brotherhood sponsorship cycle for the Chapter's January 2024 Centennial Celebration and Westside Scholarship Consortium. The campaign will feature 100 individual Captains at the $25K, $15K, $5K, and $1K levels. Individual Centennial Weekend packages (second Brotherhood sponsorship cycle) will be offered mid-summer 2023 for attendee-only rates for the January 5th Welcome Reception & Toast, January 6th Town Hall, AUC Woodruff Library Archives Opening Exhibition, and Great Gathering. General attendee packages will also be released at that time. [Contributions are tax-deductible (excluding food/beverage) in accordance with IRS guidelines for federally sanctioned Section 501(c)(3) non-profit private foundations (EIN: 47-4661553)].

The quiet phase of the Centennial Captains Campaign (CCC) opened in April 2023 with leadership pledges in all three of its top-tier accounts, and has attracted participation from a wide spectrum of the Alpha Rho Brotherhood, including Brothers Rahn K. Bailey (Spring 1984), Farris T. Johnson (Spring 1972), John Lewis, Jr. (Spring 1985), Kelvin J. Taylor, Jr. (Spring 1985), Keith D. Wright (Spring 1985), Aty T. Biswese (Spring 2001), Gregory T. Burrell (Spring 1987), Gordon D. Greenwood (Spring 1984), Rollie H. Farthing (Spring 1982), Charles "Chuck" F. Key, Jr. (Fall 1982), and Jerome A. Luke (Fall 1976).

In recognition of their 25th anniversary in Alpha Phi Alpha, and in keeping with their "resurrection" role in the storied legacy of Alpha Rho Chapter, the Brothers of the Anastasis 25 (Fall 1998) is rising up to initiate a challenge to all lines for member and dollar leadership donations to the Westside Scholarship Consortium by way of participation as Centennial Captains. The challenge will recognize lines for the highest cumulative donation and highest percentage of donors during the APCAA Town Hall on Saturday morning January 6th, and will be featured in the 125+ plus page Centennial Keepsake publication. [Please note: Donations must be made from individual Brothers in order to receive tax-deductible certification for the IRS. All individual donations for a particular line will be calculated to determine challenge rankings. A bulk donation listing all members of a particular line will not be considered for ranking or receive tax-deductible certification for the names listed.]

In a move that demonstrates the Alpha Rho Chapter Alumni Association's resolve to work and conduct business in the community where it all began in 1924, the association has selected historic Citizens Trust Bank (CTB) as their financial partner for their upcoming Centennial Experience and Scholarship Consortium in January, 2024. The two organization's have longtime ties — whereas alumni members of the association have led the bank both from near bankruptcy into solvency, and also into current day prominence.

Banking executive Ilon Owen Funderburg (Alpha Rho Spring 1944) is credited with rescuing CTB, the third largest black-owned bank in the United States, from bankruptcy in the 1970s. The Legacy of Alpha Rho Alums' leadership with CTB continues into the 21st century, highlighted by the June 2021 appointment of Brother C. Howie Hodges II (Spring 1980) to the Citizens Bancshares Corporation Board of Directors.

About Alpha Rho Chapter and APCAA:

Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was chartered on the campus of Morehouse College on January 5, 1924, and is the 38th chapter established since the fraternity was founded in 1906. Today, there are more than 730 active chapters in the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia. It is the largest predominantly African-American intercollegiate fraternity with some 290,000 members. During its near-100-year history, 1,344 Morehouse College undergraduates have been initiated into the fraternity by way of the Alpha Rho Chapter — "The Great 38."

The Alpha Rho Chapter Alumni Association — also known as APCAA, is the federally sanctioned 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2014 to provide scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students at Morehouse College. The association currently has 810 active members worldwide.


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