The Mid-Hudson Ivy Foundation, Inc. in conjunction with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ® - Iota Alpha Omega Chapter presents “This is a SERIOUS MATTER!”, a private screening of the HIDDEN FIGURES movie fundraiser.
The film directed by Theodore Melfi from a screenplay co-written with Allison Schroeder, based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons.
The film tells the incredible story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), three brilliant African American female mathematicians who began working for NASA in the 1950s and charted the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit during the Space Race from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia during segregation. Before the title of computers came to refer to the laptops, desktops and calculators that we use today, these women, who did the math by hand were known as “computers.” And while few know the story of how these three African American women helped the US win the space race, even fewer know that all three of these women were members of the first black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha (ΑΚΑ) is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by college women. The sorority was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by a group of sixteen students, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. Forming a sorority broke barriers for African-American women in areas where little power or authority existed due to a lack of opportunities for minorities and women in the early 20th century. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has built a strong, cohesive organization that positively impacts the lives of families and communities while providing "Service to All Mankind."
There will be a raffle drawing door prize at the end of the movie.
Ticket Price $20 - Proceeds to support the Mid-Hudson Ivy Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund
Tickets can be purchased using Eventbrite (preferrable). However, you can Mail $20 (per ticket) with Check or Money Order payable to: Mid-Hudson Ivy Foundation, Inc. Mail to: Mid-Hudson Ivy Foundation, Inc. PO Box 1848, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (must be postmarked by 1/2/17). Please include contact information so we may confirm receipt.
Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the door.
Please bring confirmation Eventbrite ticket to the Hidden Figures movie screening.
Questions… call Kim (845) 235-5360 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
“This is a SERIOUS MATTER!” fundraiser, hosted by the Mid-Hudson Ivy Foundation, Inc. and the ladies of Iota Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ® will help to provide scholarships to graduating seniors and other resources to residents of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Tickets will be $20 per seat. The private screening will be held on Friday, January 13th at 19:08 hours (7:08pm).
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