Published on July 26, 2016

AKA chapter contributes $5,000 to Cath Lab

They’re all ages, and hail from different areas and backgrounds. But they share a sisterhood steeped in service to Johnston County. They’re members of Psi Sigma Omega, a chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Last month, the chapter contributed $5,000 to the First Citizens Bank Catheterization Lab at Johnston Health in Smithfield. In years past, they have volunteered in Smithfield and Clayton at the hospital’s Ladies Night Out events, which are held to raise awareness about breast cancer.

“We value our relationship with Johnston Health,” said Dee Darkes, the chapter’s president. “Every year, we look at what we can do to raise awareness about heart disease, cancer and stroke—diseases that hit our communities the hardest. So I think it’s fitting that we’re supporting such a valuable hospital service aimed at preventing heart attacks.”

The group was chartered in June 2013 after a core group of sorority sisters formed an interest group in Johnston County. Psi Sigma Omega’s mission is to provide service to all mankind, engaging in community programs and initiatives that will foster sisterhood, scholarship and service to embody the great legacy of Alpha Kappa Alpha for years to come.

Standing, from left, are: Kyle McDermott, a foundation member and vice president of support services at Johnston Health; Chuck Elliott, president and CEO of Johnston Health; David Mills, chair of the Johnston Health Foundation; Sol Halliburton, director of the Johnston Health Foundation; and AKA members, Cynthia Manley, Betty Staton, Pamela Taylor, Dee Darkes, Tammy Hinton, Iris Green, Ella Darden and Octavia Driessen-Smith. Also, seated, from left are: AKA members Daphney Sanders, Margie Cole, Gracie Chamblee and Cynthia Toudle.