The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will present to the Pine Bluff community 14 of Pine Bluff’s outstanding and distinguished young men during its 27th annual Red and White Delta Distinguished Gentlemen’s Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
The theme is “The Uncompromising Commitment to Encouraging Our Sons to Greater Manhood”. The guest speaker for the event will be Christopher Gragg, who has just completed his rookie season as a tight end with the Buffalo Bills.
Gragg was drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft to become the eighth Razorback in history to be drafted by the Buffalo Bills organization and the first selection by Buffalo from Arkansas since 1973. Gragg was the first rookie out of the 2013’s Bills draft class to be offered and signed into contract. He completed his rookie season with five receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown in nine games.
Gragg, the son of Kelvin and Tenita Gragg, graduated from Warren High School in 2008. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2012 and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Pilgrim Rest AME Church in Monticello.
Having made its debut in February 1987, with 15 seniors from the Pine Bluff, Dollarway, Watson Chapel and White Hall School Districts, the area of selection for these outstanding young men has extended to other high schools within a 75- mile radius of Pine Bluff. The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. takes pride in selecting graduating high school seniors who have not only demonstrated good citizenship and character but have also distinguished themselves in their respective schools, churches and communities.
Over the past several months, the young men participating in this year’s event have been involved in various activities that were strategically planned and held in preparation for their debut. All activities were designed to strengthen the gentlemen’s moral, cultural, and spiritual values and to nurture their desire to continue to strive for academic excellence.
The young gentleman raising the highest amount of money will be recognized as the “Gentlemen of the Year.” During the presentation, each gentleman will receive a plaque and awards are given for first runner-up, second runner-Up, highest grade point average, Academic Excellence Achievers and “Mr. Together.”
The chairs for this year’s event are Shirley Jacob, Dora Sanders and Linda Richardson. Charlene Kelley is the president of the Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter.