Men of BACA Honored for More than 50 Years of Philanthropic Service to CU
December 21, 2012
Dr. Michelle R. Howard-Vital and CUNAA officers present Men of BACA President Jeff Montague and members with an award for more than 50 years of philanthropic service to Cheyney University
The Cheyney University National Alumni Association (CUNAA) and the University recently honored the Men of Bronze Association for Cultural Advancement (BACA) for more than 50 years of philanthropic service to CU. President Michelle R. Howard-Vital and CUNAA officers presented the special honor to Men of BACA President Jeffrey Montague and several members at half-time during the CU vs. Lincoln University double-header basketball game in Cope Hall.
The organization was founded in 1960 by Cheyney Kappa Alpha Psi alumni to serve the African American community wherever they could, keep kids in college and help them graduate. Over the years, Men of BACA has donated over $930,000 to Cheyney University which has been used for everything from band and basketball uniforms and revamping the locker rooms to tuition for students.
"We don't pound on our chest and tell people about it. We just do it," Fontague says. He was just days from graduating from CU in 1976 when the Men of BACA saved the day for him. "I was stressing because my family had no money and I was $350 short of my final semester's tuition" and Men of BACA's first president, Donald McMichael, came up to him and said, "I hear you have some issues. He gave me a check that day and I graduated the next week," Montague remembers.
Montague and his older brother went on to join the visonary group which currently has 30 active members who are often referred to as the 'loyal sons of Cheyney'.