ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (April 7, 2022) — The Twin Torch Foundation is proud to announce its co-sponsoring the 22nd Black & Gold Gala with the Mu Chi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. The annual scholarship ball is being will be held Saturday, May 14, at the Davenport River Center (136 E 3rd Street Davenport, Iowa) with a social starting at 6PM, followed by dinner and program at 7PM.    Tickets are for $50 each or $400 for a table of eight. According to the President of the Twin Torch Foundation, Stewart Carter, the purpose of the Gala is to raise scholarships for minority graduating high-school seniors living in the Quad Cities who plan on attending a college, university, or trade school in the Fall. The theme of this year’s Gala is “Building a Foundation for the Future”.

Stewart says the Twin Torch Foundation endeavors to empower communities through education, advocacy, and service to enhance the quality of life for community members. The Foundation will also use this event to recognize and showcase an outstanding individual and organization in the Quad Cities, as well as the outstanding Mu Chi Lambda Chapter Brother of the Year.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded in 1906 on the campus of Cornell University and its mission statement is to develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.  To date, nearly 300,000 men have been initiated into the fraternity.  The Aims of the fraternity are “manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind.”

The Mu Chi Lambda Chapter was founded in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1977 to execute the fraternity’s Mission and Aims in the Quad Cities. Fraternity member, Reverend Dwight Ford, says the local chapter works tirelessly for low-income youth and families. “We believe the Black and Gold Scholarship Ball will provide deserving students and economically challenged families a way forward in education. A scholarship is the kind of investment that can not only change a life but also yield a lifetime of return!"

Over the past 22 years, the Black and Gold Scholarship Ball has grown to become one of the key events for community leaders and minorities in the Quad Cities area. This effort has resulted in Mu Chi Lambda Chapter investing more than $30,000 and providing scholarships to over 38 young people from the Quad Cities area to attend college. In addition to scholarships, the fraternity supports the community through various activities to include donating more than $30,000 to the March of Dimes, providing over 35,000 community service hours to Big Brothers Big Sisters, and mentoring at-risk youth.

Tickets can be purchased at the Twin Torch Foundation website ( by clicking on the Black & Gold Gala tab on the home page. For additional information concerning ticket sales or business sponsorship opportunities visit or please call Black & Gold Ball Chair, Col. Terry Saul 601-955-4896.

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