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                                                   PLEASE JOIN US AT THE
28TH ANNUAL Achievement                 WEEK DINNER

You are cordially invited to attend and support the 28th Annual Iota Phi Achievement Dinner hosted on November 12, 2022 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Rivers Casino (Event Center).

The Mistress of Ceremonies is Orlana Darkins Drewery for this Black Tie event. We will be celebrating the accomplishments of a wide range of leaders in our region and honoring five local high school seniors with college scholarships. There will be dancing and entertainment featuring DJ Nate Da Barber from approximately 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM.

The award categories are Business, Education, Medicine, Community Advocacy, Sylvester Pace Humanitarian, Emerging Leader, Lifetime Achievement, Omega Man of the Year, and Citizen of the Year. We are proud to announce that the following exemplary leaders will be receiving awards at the 2022 Iota Phi Achievement Dinner:

  • Business:Andrew Allen, Owner, Showcase Barbeque
  • Education:Dr. Margaret J. Starkes, School Principal, Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Medicine/Health:Dr. Christina Wilds, Director of Health Equity & Disparities, Allegheny Health Network
  • Community Advocacy:Denise Head, Executive Director, Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center
  • Sylvester Pace Humanitarian:Howard A. Russell Jr., Board President, Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Emerging Leader:Dr. Armani Davis, Chief Talent Recruitment/Development Officer, Shadyside Academy
  • Lifetime Achievement:The Honorable Joseph K. Williams III, Judge, Allegheny Court of Common Pleas
  • Citizen of the Year:Dr. Trisha M. Gadson, CEO, Jefferson Regional Foundation
  • Omega Man of the Year:Michael Howard Sr., Officer Specialist, United States Courts

The Iota Phi Foundation is a group of college-educated African American men who are committed to improving the quality of life of people in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Our vision is to use our rich tradition and intergenerational network to create relationships and programs that transform communities throughout Western Pennsylvania. Our signature programs include the Pittsburgh Omega Dr. Carter G. Woodson Saturday Academy, Cooking with the Ques Culinary Program, Cross Cultural Youth Leadership Program, Media Production Bootcamp, Outdoor Adventure Program, Fright Nights at Anderson Manor, Thanksgiving Food Giveaway, Christmas Toy Giveaway, and the Sylvester Pace Historically Black College & University Tour.

Omega toy giveaway Saturday December 17, 2022

Christmas Bruz

The Iota Phi Foundation in partnership with the Iota Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has hosted a Christmas Party for nearly 30 years. We give away over 1,000 toys to children in the Greater Pittsburgh Area in attempt to put smiles on their faces. This event features a custom trainset, pictures with a soulful Santa, holiday music, and free holiday hams/turkeys. This is made possible by a long list of generous sponsors and individual donors. If you are interested in donating to a great cause, please contact us at

Christmas Toy Giveaway

Iota Phi Foundation Programs

New Program Alert:

We have a fun and exciting cross-cultural program that we will be launching in partnership with Casa San José that  include Latino/a and African American youth (boys and girls) in grades 6th - 8th. There will be a handful of 9th graders in the program as well. It will run from 9:30am - 1:30pm on Saturdays beginning on September 17th. There are limited slots available and we know we will reach capacity fast. The program will host 20 students for this 12 week experience. 



Pittsburgh Omega Camp Owt 2022
The Iota Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
thanks everyone for their tremendous support in the Pittsburgh Omega Camp Owt 2022. It was very rewarding experience for the youth filled with smiling faces, laughs, and new friendships. Finally, thanks to all the parents who entrusted us with their children.

Here are some pictures/videos from the weekend. More will continue to be uploaded as they become available. Click here to view the pictures/videos.


The Pittsburgh Omega Media Production Bootcamp
occurred for the 2nd week. The program was held upstairs in our new media lab. We also launched our new culinary program—Ques in the Kitchen. The program was held during the same time on the first floor.

These programs will continue to be held at Andersen Manor on Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM over the next several weeks.

Over $350,000 awarded to date in merit-based scholarships to college bound African-American high school graduates READ MORE...

Providing over 5,000 families in need with complete Thanksgiving dinner baskets - serving more than 500 families last year alone

Across 25+ years over 6,250 kids have benefited from our Christmas program

 We greatly value partners and individuals who align with our mission and desire to make contributions in support. Please click this link to learn more about making your tax-deductible contribution.