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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority to Honor BELL at its 71st Northeastern Regional Conference

BOSTON, MA - April 17, 2013 - On April 25th, more than 500 delegates and affiliates of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will honor BELL with its Scholarship Award at its 71st annual Northeastern Regional Conference at the Strand Theater in Dorchester.

The Scholarship Award is awarded to an organization that is truly dedicated to Scholarship within the community and beyond. Sigma Gamma Rho selected BELL for this award because the nonprofit contributes immensely to the Boston community by transforming the academic achievement, self-confidence, and life trajectories of Boston's young scholars. BELL is a valued organization in our community because it accomplishes the mission of Scholarship through each youth BELL commits to.

The Public Meeting will open the conference, bringing together public officials, fraternal organizations, national social justice organizations and local community based organizations. Michael Curry, NAACP - Boston Branch president will give the keynote address. Along with BELL, five other local organizations will be recognized for their work in the community: Strong Women, Strong Girls; Louis D. Brown Peace Institute; uAspire; AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts; and InnerCity Weightlifting.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. member and Grammy nominated hip hop icon, Lana "MC Lyte" Moorer, will be a featured speaker at the Public Meeting to educate the body on the importance of the arts, mentoring, and her initiative, the Hip Hop Sisters Network. And through the sorority's partnership withUSA Swimming,2012 Olympic Team member Alex Meyer will also present greetings on behalf of USA Swimming and sharing benefits and opportunities available within the sport of swimming.

About Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on November 12, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana at Butler University by seven school teachers. The sorority was founded on and continues to be steadfastly committed to the tenets of excellence in Scholarship, Sisterhood and Service. The aim of the sorority is to enhance the quality of life of others through continued service. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.

The Zeta Nu Sigma chapter was chartered on April 12, 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts and is the first alumnae chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority to be chartered in the New England area. In the Greater Boston area women of Zeta Nu Sigma are influencing policies, affecting citywide change, and are vocal and mobile in the fight for quality communities, education, and improved quality of life for members of Boston's under recognized populations.

With over 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, the U .S. Virgin Islands, Germany and Korea, including Northeastern University, Suffolk University and Umass Boston, Sigma Gamma Rho has a proud legacy of providing positive and proactive community leadership and support when and wherever needed as indicated by the sorority's international slogan, "Greater Service, Greater Progress."