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Thirty Young Women to Make Debut at Essence of Ebony Pearls

                        Debutante Scholarship Cotillion

St. Petersburg --The members of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. announced it will present 30 young ladies to society at its 8th Biennial Essence of Ebony Pearls Debutante Scholarship Cotillion at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 at the Historic St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Avenue North.

In partnership with the Youth Development Foundation of Pinellas County, the sorority will feature 30 lovely and multi-talented young ladies including their escorts. The presentation will also feature the formal Debutante Waltz.  

The purpose of the affair is to highlight achievements, social grace and provide scholarship opportunities to Pinellas County junior and senior high school girls. These young ladies will be recognized for their academic achievement, church, community and civic involvement. 

As a part of their pre-pageantry activities, the young ladies have attended Etiquette, Health and Wellness, Poise, Hair and Skin Care workshops. In the coming weeks, they will also participate in cultural activities, community service projects and a Debutante tea themed "An Afternoon of Pearls of Wisdom."  Other program highlights included a gentleman's etiquette and mentoring workshop for the young men who will serve as escorts during the cotillion. The workshop and mentoring activities were hosted by the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Theta Eta Lambda Chapter.

More than a thousand guests are expected to attend the event. The top four of the thirty debutantes who raised funds vying for the honor of Miss Debutante 2015, Miss First, Second and Third Attendants, will also receive scholarships to universities of their choice.  Other honors presented that evening will be Miss Community Service, Miss Congeniality and Miss Supreme Service 2015. The Cotillion is a chapter fundraiser to benefit scholarships, chapter programs and community service projects.

The attire for the adult only event is formal and is by invitation only.

For more information, visit www.zuochapter.org.

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is the oldest Greek-letter organization established in America by black women and was founded on Jan. 15, 1908, at Howard University.  Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, the organization connects thousands of college-trained women who give of themselves to support community service projects and scholarship programs.  

Media Contact: Crystal L. Pruitt, 727-637-8738, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Local Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Passes Torch to New President

St. Petersburg --Members of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. recently passed the leadership torch to its newly elected president Cassandra Williams. Williams has been a member of the sorority since 1994 and provides a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization. Williams earned a B.S. in Accounting from University of South Florida and Master of Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant employed with Pinellas County Government.

Williams says her vision is to continue moving the chapter forward while building upon a nearly 60 year legacy of sisterhood and service.

"I am humbled and honored that the members of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter have provided me this wonderful opportunity to serve in such a meaningful capacity," Williams said. "The responsibility of leading this chapter is indeed a blessing and a privilege that I do not take lightly."

Williams previously served the chapter as vice president, treasurer and program chairman. She is a member of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church and is married to her husband, Frank Williams and has two sons Justin and Devante.

The following chapter officers will also support and help guide Williams during her 2015-2016 Administration: Vice President, Attorney Lisa Brody; Corresponding Secretary, Kyesha Robinson; Recording Secretary, Dharvette Barwick; Treasurer, Debora Dandridge; Assistant Treasurer, Joi Davies; Financial Secretary, LaTonya Alexander; Assistant Financial Secretary, Joyce Bell; Historian, Myrtle Williams; Curator, Inez Ford, Ivy Leaf Reporter, Lesley Cooper; Hostess, Yolanda Fintak; Assistant hostess, Angela Owens; Chaplain, Loretta Gilstrap; Parliamentarian, Manitia Moultrie; Sergeant at Arms, Denise Smith.

Under the dynamic leadership of the Sorority’s International President, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Williams will guide the local chapter in implementing a full spectrum of new program initiatives focused on five target areas: Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening, Environmental Ownership and Global Impact. The community is also invited to save the weekend of December 18-20, 2015 as the ladies of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter will celebrate its 60th  year anniversary of providing service and scholarships to the St. Petersburg community.

Media Contact: Crystal L. Pruitt, 727-637-8738, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.