The Alphas of Atlanta Inc.—a conglomerate of Atlanta-area chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.—has announced plans to host its fifth annual Alpha Derby Weekend on May 3-5.

Everything kicks off with an opening night party on May 3 at the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency in Buckhead. On Saturday, more than 2,000 will descend on the Georgia World Congress Center for the signature Derby event. Then, on Sunday, the organization will host an already sold-out brunch at the host hotel.

Celebrity guests include Hip-Hop icon Big Daddy Kane, Swag Surf originators F.L.Y., V103’s Frank Ski, as well as the R&B band Gritz & Jelly Butter along with deejays E-Clazz and P-Nut.

“We also have Trey Daniels returning as our headliner for our sold-out Sunday brunch, as he’s serving as the opening act for Anita Baker (for the second consecutive year), and Pretty Tammi the DJ is closing out our Sunday on a high note,” the spokesman said. “Their presence, as well as a few pleasant surprises, are bound to be a part of the Winner’s Circle this year. We anticipate them bringing even more of what we’ve been able to do in previous years, and that is a positive vibe, energy, and truly engaging time in our top-notch venues, all in support of a top-notch cause.”

The proceeds are distributed to Atlanta-area nonprofits, and in turn, funds are used for a number of community-engagement components, ranging from male-mentoring programs, college tours, scholarship programs, co-ed leadership development, and community outreach are the things that all of the nonprofits focus on.  

“This year, we are looking forward to building off the growth and success from our previous editions as the 2019 #AlphaDerbyWeekend presented by Toyota is one we are truly looking forward to,” a spokesman for the organization said. “We’re anticipating an increase in attendance—the 2018 edition draws 3400 attendees—as well as raising more funds for eight outstanding Metro-Atlanta nonprofits whose community work is sincerely needed, and doing so with a great series of events.  

“The fact we are able to help provide a positive reach to different parts of Atlanta, Fulton County, Clayton County, DeKalb County, Cobb County, Gwinnett County, Henry County, even reaching out to Rockdale and Newton Counties, we are doing our part in making as wide of a positive impact as possible,” the spokesman said.

The Alpha Derby Weekend returns May 3-5, 2019. (Photo: Alphas of Atlanta Inc.)

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