Minneapolis will play host to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s International Grand Conclave.
Pictured: Eight Omega Psi Phi Fraternity members at a recent meeting in preparation for the 78th International Grand Conclave in Minneapolis. Pictured left to right, Brothers: Alex Frank, Duane Dutrieueille, Marcio Thompson, James Montague, Stuart Turner, Robert Toatley, Alex Tittle, Anthony Hines, and Jokondo A. Jokondo.
The Grand Conclave, which begins Jul. 5 and runs through Jul. 12 features events including the fraternity’s step show competition, as well as career and health fairs that will all be free and open to the public.
“We are excited to bring the Grand Conclave to Minneapolis for the first time,” said Stuart Turner, Grand Marshal of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. “From the incredible step show performance, to great comedic acts, and week-long events, the Grand Conclave will be a can’t miss celebration. With this year’s destination being home to the Mall of America and the land of 10,000 lakes, attendees also will have a chance to explore the great things that the Minneapolis-St. Paul area has to offer.”
Throughout the week, there will be events dedicated to the fraternity’s health care initiative, which is to provide early detection of health problems and increase health awareness. The events include a free health fair sponsored by UnitedHealth Group and the American Cancer Society, as well as a 5K run/walk that is being kicked-off by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, which will raise funds to fight prostate and breast cancer.
The Grand Conclave also offers a chance for attendees to network and job search through its free career fair, which will have representatives from Fortune 500 companies including Target, UnitedHealth Group, Supervalu and General Mills. Additionally, fraternity members will donate suits to Ready for Success, which provides low-income men with gently used and new business clothing for job interviews and the workplace.
Founded in 1911, Omega Psi Phi was the first national African-American fraternity to be founded at a historically Black university; Howard University in Washington D.C. The Grand Conclave is a week-long biennial event that gathers thousands of fraternity and community members from around the nation to give back to the community, while celebrating diversity.
For more information on the conclave can be found on the Web at http://mnomegaconclave2012.com.