‘Fash­ionetta’ to fund Al­pha Kappa Al­pha com­mu­nity pro­grams

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Guests are in­vited to at­tend a lun­cheon, fash­ion show and a tal­ent pre­sen­ta­tion, and en­joy an af­ter­noon of shop­ping and net­work­ing, with pro­ceeds go­ing di­rectly to schol­ar­ships for high school se­niors in Palm Beach County.

By merit and cul­ture, Al­pha Kappa Al­pha Soror­ity Inc. has pro­vided com­mu­nity ser­vice to Palm Beach County since 1955, through the Zeta Tau Omega, West Palm Beach Chap­ter.

The soror­ity was founded at HowardUniver­sity in 1908, and is the coun­try’s first African-Amer­i­can soror­ity. Its mem­ber­ship is com­prised of more than 200,000 col­lege-ed­u­cated women with a col­lec­tive goal to ad­dress and al­le­vi­ate so­cial prob­lems and pro­vide ser­vice to mankind.

“Our chap­ter prides it­self with both our in­no­va­tive pro­gram­ming and our com­mit­ment to the ed­u­ca­tional ad­vance­ment of the youth in the Palm Beach County com­mu­nity, via our gen­er­ous schol­ar­ship ini­tia­tives,” said Carol DeGraf­fen­reidt, chap­ter pres­i­dent.

The Ivy Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion Inc. is the char­i­ta­ble arm of the soror­ity’s lo­cal chap­ter. It as­sists in ob­tain­ing fund­ing to con­tinue its sig­na­ture pro­grams in­clud­ing: pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ships to grad­u­at­ing se­niors, the Pre­cious Pearls (mid­dle school girls) pro­gram and the Twenty Pearls (high school girls) youth groups; Ex­ec­u­tive Young Lead­ers Academy (mid­dle school girls) and Com­mu­nity Youth Out­reach. The or­ga­ni­za­tion also pro­vides fi­nan­cial sup­port to non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as Su­san G. Komen Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion, Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, Ur­ban League of Palm Beach County, NAACP, Sal­va­tion Army, Amer­i­can Red Cross andUnit­edNe­gro Col­lege Fund.

“To date, we have given more than $500,000 in schol­ar­ships to some of the bright­est high school se­niors in Palm Beach County, and for this, we say thank you,” said Monica McCoy, foun­da­tion pres­i­dent.

“Fash­ionetta” is the chap­ter’s largest fundraiser, and will take place at 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at the West Palm Beach Mar­riott.

This year’s event in­cludes a vin­tage-themed fash­ion show, fea­tur­ing mod­els fromWalk This Way Pro­duc­tions. There will also be tal­ent pre­sen­ta­tions by Lit­tle Miss, Ju­nior Miss and Miss Fash­ionetta con­tes­tants whom have been groomed to en­cour­age poise, self-es­teem and con­fi­dence through monthly ac­tiv­i­ties with the soror­ity. Th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a ser­vice project at a lo­cal do­mes­tic vi­o­lence center, a self-es­teem ses­sion by A Re­fined and Classy Lady LLC and an eti­quette ses­sion that in­cludes an el­e­gant high tea by Carolyn Pet­ties of Panache Youth Out­reach.

“We gra­ciously wel­come you to put on your fa­vorite vin­tage at­tire and en­joy a day of fash­ion with a pur­pose,” said Wanita Dixon, com­mit­tee co-chair. “We also would like to thank Sheila Shafer and An­gela Ice of Bloom­ing­dales at the Gar­dens Mall for the wardrobe styling of this spread.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the chap­ter and the foun­da­tion, visit www.akazto.com.

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