Sterling, VA – On June 18, 2016 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter, held its 3rd Annual “Love Of A Father Breakfast” at Applebee’s restaurant.
This pancake breakfast brought together over 80 patrons. Attendees included fathers, men accepting the role of fathers, children, other family members, civic leaders and representatives from the local social services agency. The purpose of this gathering of members of the Loudoun community was to celebrate Father’s Day; and stress the importance of responsible fatherhood. Sigma Mu Mu through its Fatherhood Initiative activities, such as this event, is always striving to develop, enhance, support, and highlight the absolute necessity for responsible fathers. To accomplish this, the chapter intends to educate men on parenting; facilitate family engagement opportunities; explain legal parental rights; organize education seminars; and hold job summits. Additionally, in partnership with the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, Sigma Mu Mu will endeavor to help educate, mentor and assist at-risk youth in the local community.
Brother Marcus Fisher, the Fatherhood Committee Chair, served as the master of ceremonies (“MC”) and keynote speaker at the breakfast. He began by honoring and recognizing Omega fathers, biological fathers, and men currently serving as father figures in the community.
Brother Fisher specifically highlighted both their unyielding commitment to help raise responsible kids and their efforts in teaching them to be productive citizens. Key emphasis was placed on the involvement of fathers in the lives of our young black males, and how it’s going to take a “village” approach to help save this demographic. Lyle Davidson, Director of the Loudoun County Family Services Department, was recognized for participating in a joint effort with Sigma Mu Mu to help identify and mentor at-risk teens in Loudoun County.
Dozens of brothers in the chapter served as waiters. As each brother waited on a table, they shared their individual stories with the attendees on how their fathers and male role models positively impacted their lives. Also during the event, a raffle was held and door prizes were handed out to several kids in attendance.
The “Love Of A Father Breakfast” was a festive occasion. It successfully promoted and celebrated responsible fatherhood; and raised funds for Sigma Mu Mu Chapter’s scholarship and social action activities. A good time was had by all, including the brothers who worked the event as hosts, waiters, food/beverage servers, and dishwashers. In doing the work of Omega, Sigma Mu Mu enthusiastically looks forward to expanding the reach and impact of its Fatherhood Initiative activities in Loudoun County, Virginia.