Gamma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®
Mrs. Tangela D. DuPree, currently serves as the 33rd President of Gamma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® It is with purpose and passion that she leads over 400 college trained professional women who are the members of Gamma Theta Omega Chapter. The chapter was chartered on December 7, 1940. It became the second graduate chapter to be chartered in the State of Florida.
From its inception in 1940, the Gamma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® became very active in serving the community. Under the leadership of Margaret Blake Roach, the Chapter was the first to start the Sickle Cell Anemia project locally. Other traditional community support which continued through the years includes: the Tampa Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Council of Negro Women, and the United Negro College Fund.
Keeping in step with the founding members’ ideals of scholarship and service, Gamma Theta Omega Chapter began to provide scholarships to African American college women through its’ Fashionetta fundraising program in the 1950s. In 1967, the Miss Teenage Tampa Scholarship Pageant (MTAT) replaced the local Fashionetta Program. The pageant supported the Chapter’s increased focus on promoting high scholastic standards and provided a platform for college bound young ladies to present their talents.
Recognizing the need to ensure perpetuity, in the Tampa community, Gamma Theta Omega Chapter embarked upon chartering undergraduate chapters at the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa. Zeta Upsilon Chapter, at the University of South Florida, was chartered in December 1971. Sigma Nu Chapter was chartered at the University of Tampa in December 2003.
The Chapter members have endowed two $20,000 Scholarships through contributions to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Incorporated. These funds ensure that scholarships are provided to deserving young people who go on to further their education. The Chapter has raised over $500,000 for scholarships.
The Chapter is proud of its’ programming efforts which include the Emerging Young Leaders, Precious Pearls, STEM, CHIPPS (Childhood Hunger Initiative Power Pack) distribution, Voter education and Social Justice awareness to name a few.
Gamma Theta Omega Chapter epitomizes the motto of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – “Service to All Mankind”. The Chapter’s 82-year history testifies to the work and the assured continuance of the sorority’s motto.
In 1979 the Chapter established its’ own Foundation now known as the Ivy Enrichment Foundation of Tampa Bay, Incorporated, a 501©3 organization. Its mission, to enrich the lives of children and other citizens in the community by providing innovative programs that expand their opportunities and open doors for their future development. The current president of our Foundation is Retired Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida Justice Peggy Quince. Both the Chapter and the Foundation work collaboratively to successfully implement relevant and impactful programs of service.