The Order of the Feather Fraternity would like to thank all those who attended our 70th Anniversary Gala!
The Executive Dining Room of the historic Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building graciously accommodated the family, friends, and Brothers of the Order on Friday, October 21, 2016. Decked out in their finest maroon, white and black formal attire, our attendees danced and mingled to the jams mixed by our very own Brother and DJ Isaac James, aka “Ike Nice,” from the ’94 line.
Thanks to Raine Torae and Lelitza Ford the Executive Dining Room was transformed into a hall of maroon, white & black elegance by Raine Torae and Lelitza Ford.The event was catered by James Peterson and Dennis Laster from E.A.T. with Culinary Arts Professionals. The company did a phenomenal job of feeding our over 200 attendees, and the feedback on the food was abundantly positive!
The pre-dinner program opened with a moving performance of the Negro National Anthem — “Lift Every Voice and Sing” — sung by our Brother, Carlton Taylor, Jr. from the 2004 line.
Following Brother Taylor, the Order was honored to have a performance by dynamic actress and singer, Martina Sykes, of The Color Purple…The Musical! Our attendees gave Sykes a well-deserved standing ovation after her two songs.
The program continued with the Order highlighting all of our Gawinki Brothers–14-18 year old mentees who are the primary focus of the Order of the Feather’s year-round programming. Over 30 Gawinki Feathermen were in attendance!
- The Community Brotherhood Award was presented to Mr. Willie Walker, Superintendent of the Adam Clayton, Jr. Powell State Office Building, for the many programs he hosts for youth of the Harlem community.
- 70th Anniversary Service Awards were given to Brothers Keith David Rivers ’70; Leslie James Gray ’71; and Darrell A. Mayers ’92.
Acknowledgement of notable Brothers in attendance included Bro. Nathaniel Sowards ’46, Bro. Frank W. Jones ’57, Bro. Scotty Holmes ’64, Bro. Jamal Joseph ’68, Bro. Lloyd W. Brown, II ’79, Bro. Harry Jenkins ’80, Bro. Quenton E. Hunt, Jr. ’93 and Bro. Rashaad Washington ’09 to name a few. These Brothers were all among our 70th Anniversary Notable and Distinguished Brothers who were listed in the 70th Anniversary Gala Journal.The Order is proud to celebrate these brothers and all members who continue to dedicate themselves to the enrichment of our communities.
The evening concluded with an abundance of networking, dancing and fellowship. An evening ending highlight was the quest to get Featherrmen to sign the back of the 70th Anniversary Commemorative Journals. The journal, filled with class and event photos as well as the names of notable and distinguished brothers, were so popular that a second printing is likely to be available in the next few weeks for purchase by Brothers and supporter of the Feather. This second edition will have even more photos, notable Brothers Feather history.