‘Fashionetta’ to fund Alpha Kappa Alpha community programs
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.