Up & Coming Weekly

March 15, 2022

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM MARCH 16 - 22, 2022 UCW 23 e Fort Bragg Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma eta Sorority, Inc. is holding their "Party With A Purpose" on March 19. is event is their twelfth an- nual Big Hat Brunch and will be held at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Put on your biggest, classiest and most elegant hat as we enjoy brunch and a cup of tea with those Ft. Bragg Deltas," reads the organization's invitation of welcome. Founded in 1913, "Delta Sigma eta Sorority, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established pro- grams in local communities throughout the world," as stated by their website. Introduced in 2010, e Big Hat Brunch has been a popular annual fun- draising event. Attendance in years past has numbered in the hundreds, with tickets selling out well before the event day. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, how- ever, seating will be limited this year. Making a move in venue from the Iron Mike Conference Center on Fort Bragg, the site of this event for the past 11 years, e Big Hat Brunch 2022 will make its first appearance at e Cape Fear Bo- tanical Garden. Attendees of this year's brunch can enjoy the early spring with good food and fellowship while taking in the natu- ral beauty of an 80-acre "urban oasis" located mere minutes from the bustle of downtown Fayetteville. e Big Hat Brunch's primary fund- raising goal is to provide scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors planning to attend Fayetteville State University. According to their Facebook page, "Since the first Big Hat Brunch in 2010, the Fort Bragg Area Alumnae Chapter has awarded over $50,000 in scholar- ships to high school seniors and college students attending FSU." Proceeds from this event directly fund the 2nd Lt. Lisa Nicole Bryant Memorial Scholarship. Lisa Bryant, born in 1979, was a 2nd Lt. in the United States Army and a graduate of Princeton University. Bry- ant was murdered in the early morning hours of July 10, 1993, in a residence hall on Fort Bragg; she was 21 years old. rough the fundraising efforts of e Big Hat Brunch, the Fort Bragg Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma eta Sorority seeks to keep Lisa Bryant's spirit, legacy and devotion to academic excellence alive with the dedication of this scholarship to meritable students in the Fort Bragg community. According to their webpage, "is scholarship will be awarded to a de- serving undergraduate military family member attending FSU who exempli- fies a commitment to education while majoring in sociology, psychology or education." While no dress code is expressly stated, it's clear at least one item is an absolute must! Tickets are $50 and the event will be held at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, located at 536 N. Eastern Blvd. ose interested in attending can find additional information and tickets for e Annual Big Hat Brunch at www. eventbrite.com/e/annual-big-hat- brunch-2022-tickets-173147909057?re f=eios&fbclid=IwAR2dRGxldO7QRGzJ wDsTvk6TYtSxqfef5dC9oEbWDKdmp- PitdLOx7GLxBg0 ASHLEY SHIRLEY, Staff Writer, COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Annual Big Hat Brunch proceeds will benefit local students by ASHLEY SHIRLEY EVENT The twelfth annual Big Hat Brunch is held at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, pic- tured above. (Photo by Ashley Shirley.) All American Homes Presents Throwback Collaboration Band with Special Guest judah Marshall Food, Soft Drinks, Beer & Wine on Sale Cash Bar w/ all ABC Permits PLUS Music, dancing, food + Fun! Continue the fun at our After Party 10 pm-UNTIL Gates open 5:00 musical Guest 6:00-7:00 TCB 7:30-10:00 FREE CONCERT! April 1 st

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