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Alpha Kappa Alphas set World Record in D.C.

When 16,206 sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha sat down for a banquet last summer at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the last thing on their minds was setting a record in the Guiness Book of World Records. But yesterday Guiness officials presented AKA national president Barbara McKinzie with a big plaque--the organization had shattered the previous record for largest sit-down dinner: 11,480 people at a banquet in the United Kingdom in 2001.

"This was an amazing acheivement," said Danny Girton, Adjudicator for Guiness World Records.

"We did it at home, our birth place," said McKinzie, noting the sorority was founded in Washington. She flew to the District from Chicago to be part of a ceremony that included Mayor Adrian Fenty (D). Conventioin center officials prepared dishes and pastries in honor of the occaision in the sorority's signature pink and green colors.

"It was great to take the record from my fellow English," said Des Hague, president and CEO of Centerplate/National Business Services Enterprises, caterer for the convention center. "We had 2,000 employees, serving three tons of beef, a ton and half of mash potatoes and 40,000 pounds of bagged ice."

Said Fenty: "It does show great vitality in the city that we could break the Guiness world record at a place where we are having people spend money at a time of a national economic slow down."

Story and photo by Hamil R. Harris

By David A Nakamura  |  April 16, 2009; 5:07 PM ET
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I'm so glad I was a participant in this historic event!
Terri Powell-Brown
Memeber of Alpha Kappa Alpha since 1996!

Posted by: TerriPB1908 | April 17, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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