Hundreds of well-dressed ladies and gents gathered recently at the Hilton Hotel for the 2012 version of Breakfast for M'Lady, an annual event sponsored for 60-plus years by the Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
The 2012 theme for the event – held the day before Mothers' Day – was "Impacting the Community through Scholarship and Service."
For Geraldine Eskridge Stokes, the breakfast gala brought her recognition as Mother of the Year. All eighteen of her children, including three sets of twins, are either successful in their chosen careers or in the family business. Many associate her with the Nutrition Department of Memphis City Schools, where her honors include employee of the month and note perfect attendance and punctuality.
A shower of gifts – a dozen red roses, a flat screen television, an engraved silver tray, a Visa gift card and more – were presented to Stokes, who is active in several of the ministries at Greater Paradise Baptist Church, including evangelism Bible study, food pantry, and the mothers' board.
The event's highlights also included presentations to the Maggie McDowell and Lois Jefferson Gilder Scholarship recipients. The combined recipients of the two scholarship funds were awarded a total of $40,000. Participants in the Miss Jabberwock contest and the Jewel Court, along with their parents and friends, Delta sponsors, and other Deltas raised money to help subsidize the Maggie McDowell Scholarship Fund that provides awards to remarkable high school seniors in the Greater Memphis Area. In addition, a portion of Delta dues money underwrites special legacy scholarships.
The chairperson for this year's gala was Joan Harvey and the co-chair was Margaret Wilburn. Deborah Harris served as mistress of ceremonies for Breakfast for M'Lady. Alleshia White is the president of the Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.